The city of San Francisco, California, is suing the Trump administration for its new policy that would allow health care professionals to decline to administer treatments that go against personally held convictions, according to U.S. News and World Report.
“City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court for Northern California on Thursday, hours after President Donald Trump made the announcement. He argues the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services exceeded its statutory authority when it created the rule,” U.S. News reported.
The new rule requires that facilitates who receive federal funding comply with federal laws that protect the conscience and religious rights of their employees. According to Herrera, San Francisco alone would lose almost $1 billion in federal funding for programs, including Medicaid and Medicare.
The city attorney also said he believes that it gives prioritization to religious beliefs over patients’ access to things like birth control, abortion and other services.
President Donald Trump made the announcement on Thursday form the House Rose Garden in honor of the National Day of Prayer. Trump, along with first lady Melania Trump, have made it clear that traditional values are a big part of their administration, including the right to life.
“According to an earlier draft from the Department of Health and Human Services, the rule would require that hospitals, universities, clinics and other institutions that receive funding from federal programs certify that they comply with some 25 federal laws protecting conscience and religious rights. Most of these laws address medical procedures such as abortion, sterilization and assisted suicide,” U.S. News reported.
While the rule is welcomed by conservatives, for whom working on the medical industry could be compromising to their personal beliefs, some are concerned that it will limit treatment for those who wish to receive treatment for LGBTQ specific issues.
However, according to U.S. News, the regulation was drafted with the protection of clinicians who object to participation in abortion in mind.