Cross on American flag Theso-called conscience rule will encourage discrimination againstwomen and the LGBT community, according to complaints. (Photo:Shutterstock)

President Donald Trump's administration was sued by almost twodozen states and cities over a federal rule allowing businesses andindividuals to refuse health-care services based on theirreligious beliefs or moral convictions.

The so-called conscience rule will encourage discriminationagainst women and the LGBT community by limiting access tocontraceptive care and abortion as well as services required bytransgender Americans, according to complaints filed Tuesday infederal courts in New York and California.

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