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Health Worker Conscience Rule ‘Unobjectionable,’ HHS Says

Aug. 15, 2019, 2:31 PM

A federal rule requiring health-care entities that receive taxpayer money to accommodate workers’ religious beliefs should be allowed to take effect, the HHS said.

It is “completely routine and unobjectionable” for the federal government to condition funding on compliance with provisions protecting conscientious objectors, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department told the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Aug. 14.

The religious conscience rule scheduled to take effect Nov. 22 does just that, the HHS said in a brief supporting its motion for pretrial judgment and opposing efforts to block the rule’s enforcement.

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