A federal judge voids a White House-backed rule that would have made it easier for doctors and nurses to avoid performing abortions on religious or moral grounds.
A federal judge on Wednesday struck down a new rule, not yet in effect, that allowed health care clinicians to refuse participation in abortions and other services on moral or religious grounds.
U.S. District Judge Paul A. Engelmayer in New York said he was tossing out the rule in its entirety.
The decision came after 19 states, the District of Columbia, three local governments, health organizations and others sued the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The rule let clinicians object to providing abortions and other services that conflict with their moral and religious beliefs.
The judge blocked the Trump admin's "conscience" rule, which would let health workers refuse to do certain procedures — like abortion or sex reassignment surgery — that violate their conscience or religion: