Trump Backs Off from Medical Conscience Rule on Abortion

Trump Administration officials backed off from implementing a new medical conscience rule that would protect providers from being forced to perform procedures such as abortion, sterilization and assisted suicide on moral or religious grounds. The rule is a focus of militant "resistance" protests by pro-abortion activists. (Getty Images photo)

The Daily Mail – The Trump administration agreed to postpone implementing a rule allowing medical workers to decline performing abortions or other treatments on moral or religious grounds while it is challenged in a California court.

The so-called “conscience” rule was to take effect July 22, but the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and its opponents in a California lawsuit mutually agreed Friday to delay a final ruling until Nov. 22.

The agency called it the “most efficient way to adjudicate it.” . . . The rule is a priority for religious conservatives, but critics fear it will become a pretext for denying medical attention to LGBT people or women seeking abortions.

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