Planned Parenthood Sues Trump Admin Over ‘Final Conscience Rule’

Planned Parenthood and a group of other organizations sued the U.S. on Tuesday over the Trump administration's "final conscience rule."

Planned Parenthood and a coalition of other groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), filed suit against the U.S. over a federal guideline which protects the rights of workers who refuse to perform procedures on religious grounds.

The lawsuits were filed Tuesday and allege the “final conscience rule,” which is set to take effect July 22, will allow employers to discriminate against female employees.

For the lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood, it claims the federal guideline violates the “establishment clause,” and would lead to hefty costs targeting health care providers who do not abide by the rule.

In a press release, Planned Parenthood attacked the rule saying the implementation would allow some to utilize their own beliefs to harm other women.

The ACLU lawsuit claims the rule would yield “significant and irreparable harm on millions of individuals who rely on federally funded care.”

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) continues to support to rule suggesting it is imperative to protect workers who object to carrying out various procedures, including abortions, based on religious beliefs.

The “final conscience rule” was announced back in May, on National Prayer Day, in an effort to protect the rights of those who object to performing abortions.

The White House has also pushed for organizations offering abortions, such as Planned Parenthood, from receiving federal funding.

The rule comes as the Trump administration’s latest effort to protect the unborn and the rights of all individuals.

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