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SF, state seek to block federal rule allowing health workers to deny care
San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a court order Monday to halt the enforcement of a new Trump administration rule that would allow health care staff to refuse to give medical treatment based on their religious beliefs. The rule could cost San Francisco $1 billion in federal health care funding if it refuses to implement it.

The rule, announced by the Trump administration last month, could allow health care staff to deny treatment to patients who are gay, bisexual, lesbian or transgender. It would also allow medical professionals to turn away anyone seeking an abortion. The rule is set to take effect on July 22.

Herrera filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services when the rule was first announced May 2. Now he is seeking a preliminary injunction to halt the rule from going forward while the U.S. District Court decides the merits of the case.