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Trump Religious Conscience Rule Could Crumble Under Own Weight

May 6, 2019, 9:38 AM

The administration’s new rule creating a religious shield for doctors and hospitals to deny treatment like abortion or physician-assisted suicide may crumble under its own weight, legal scholars warn.

President Donald Trump’s rule allowing medical professionals to decline health services that violate their moral or religious beliefs does more than merely enforce existing laws. The final regulation weaves together a patchwork of language from current laws that effectively extends the government’s authority.

That could be its fatal flaw, lawyers who are readying challenges to the rule argue.

The way the administration combined individual laws such as the Affordable Care Act...

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