Cross on American flag The rule exceeds the authority of HHS, according to a California lawsuit, while another says it is unconstitutional. (Photo: Shutterstock)

The Trump administration has agreed to postpone implementation of a rule that would allow medical workers to refuse to perform abortions or other treatments on moral or religious grounds while lawyers duke it out over a challenge to the rule in a California court.

According to the Associated Press, the rule was announced in May and was scheduled to take effect on July 22. However, reports The Hill, it is being challenged in numerous lawsuits that include one filed by a coalition of Democratic states, another filed in Santa Clara County by a coalition that includes Lambda Legal, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and the Center for Reproductive Rights, a third by the city of San Francisco and another by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra (D).

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Marlene Satter

Marlene Y. Satter has worked in and written about the financial industry for decades.

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