CNA Staff, Jul 21, 2020 / 10:58 am
Two dozen state attorneys general are joining a lawsuit against the Trump administration, seeking to block a new rule that protects healthcare workers' right to object to performing abortions or gender reassignment surgeries.
States such as New York, California, Massachusetts, Washington, Michigan, and Pennsylvania have joined the lawsuit, filed July 20 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
"It is never acceptable to deny health care to Americans who need it, but it is especially egregious to do so in the middle of a pandemic," New York Attorney General Letitia James, who is leading the suit, told the Wall Street Journal.
The Department of Health and Human Services on June 12 promulgated a rule to protect doctors' right to object to abortion and gender reassignment operations, clarifying that bans on sex-based discrimination do not include gender identity or abortion.