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San Francisco asks court to halt Trump’s “conscience” rule

June 4, 2019

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The city of San Francisco has filed a request for a temporary injunction against a new regulation allowing health care professionals to opt out of providing treatments they oppose.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a motion Monday to halt enforcement of the so-called “conscience” rule nationwide while his legal challenge to it is being decided in court.

Herrera last month sued the Trump administration hours after President Donald Trump announced the new rule, which goes into effect in July.

The rule would require institutions that receive money from federal programs to certify that they comply with some 25 federal laws protecting conscience and religious rights.

Herrera says the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services exceeded its statutory authority when it created the rule.

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