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Spokane judge strikes down rule involving abortion services

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Published: November 7, 2019, 1:17pm

SPOKANE — A federal judge in Spokane has struck down a Trump administration rule that would have given medical workers the right to refuse care to patients on religious or moral grounds.

Thursday’s decision mirrors a similar decision in New York on Wednesday that also would prevent medical workers from refusing to participate in abortions and other procedures.

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says Thursday’s decision means the court thinks all Washingtonians deserve the full range of health care services.

The lawsuit was filed earlier this year in Spokane and argued that the rule would jeopardize access to reproductive health care, particularly for low-income people in rural areas. It would also allow providers to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals.

Ferguson says his office now has 25 consecutive legal victories against the Trump administration.

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