Federal judge strikes down Trump administration’s conscience rule for health care workers

“The Trump-Pence Administration will stop at nothing to strip patients of the care they deserve,” Fatima Goss Graves, the president and CEO of the National Women’s Law Center, said when the rule was first announced, calling it a “vicious and underhanded attack.”

Graves said the rule would allow “anyone from a doctor to a receptionist, to entities like hospitals and pharmacies” to deny critical “sometimes lifesaving” care to patients. She said personal beliefs should not determine whether a patient has access to the care it needs.

“This is a vicious and underhanded attack on the health and lives of patients, particularly targeting women and LGBTQ individuals,” she said. “We will fight against it until all patients get the care they deserve.”