SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Washington is the latest state to sue President Donald Trump's administration in hopes of blocking a new rule that lets health care professionals refuse to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the case Tuesday in federal court in Spokane. The suit claims the Trump Administration’s “conscience rule” would jeopardize access to reproductive health care, particularly for low-income and rural patients, and would allow providers to discriminate against LGBTQ individuals.
Washington joins at least two dozen other states currently challenging the conscience rule in court, along with several reproductive rights and gay rights organizations.
Tuesday's suit is the 38th lawsuit filed by Ferguson's office against the Trump administration. Fourteen of those lawsuits have been led by Washington State Attorney General's Office. The others were led by other state's attorney generals but joined by Washington as a plaintiff.
Of the 22 cases that have been decided so far, all have gone in Ferguson's favor. According to the AG's website, "After more than two years of litigation, no court to rule on the merits of the Attorney General’s arguments in a lawsuit against the Trump Administration has ruled against the office."
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