The federal government is challenging a decision that would force healthcare workers to provide care, even if it conflicts with their religious and moral beliefs. The decision blocks a federal rule that would allow workers to deny care based on religious and moral grounds.
The Trump Administration filed a notice of appeal in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York Friday after the court vacated the “conscience rule” in early November, Bloomberg Law reported.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington and the District Court for the Northern District of California also vacated the rule shortly after.
The federal government now plans to take the case to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in hopes of overturning the ruling.
The rule had been set to go into effect in late Nov. 22. Skilled nursing and other long-term care facilities that accept federal funding were among the providers that could have been affected by the rule.