Federal Judge Agrees With Gov. Andrew Cuomo: Pro-Lifers 'Have No Place' In New York'
Judge makes recommendation a legal reality
A federal judge on Wednesday agreed with Gov. Andrew Cuomo's statement that pro-lifers “have no place” in New York.
The judge then moved to make that recommendation a legal reality.
The Washington Examiner reported that a federal judge struck down a Trump administration rule that would have allowed for healthcare workers to refuse to provide or refer to sterilizations, abortions, and medically assisted suicide if doing so violated their faith.
The order was handed down Wednesday by U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer in New York.
The move effectively “Blocks the rule from going into effect on its scheduled Nov. 22 enforcement date.”
Department of Health and Human Services' conscience rule, Engelmayer claims in his 147-page order, violated “administrative procedures.”
The judge adds, HHS ignored public comments.
The conscience rule "represents a classic solution in search of a problem," Engelmayer's order reads.
Leonard explains that the HHS conscience rule makes no alterations to religious liberty laws already on the books,
But the rule creates an enforcement mechanism allowing healthcare professionals to report to the Office for Civil Rights if their employer compels them to “provide, discuss, or refer” abortions.
The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division has been tasked with investigating religious liberty violations.
Healthcare organizations that violate religious liberty laws, will lose their federal funding.
Engelmayer objects to the Trump administration’s characterization of the enforcement mechanism as “mere housekeeping."
He argues that the HHS rule would make it difficult for employers to avoid “inefficiencies and dislocations.”
The move echoes the Democrats recent calls to purge pro-lifers from its party earlier this year.
The CPC's co-chair, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) stated that Democrats who don't support abortion are not welcome in the party, and should be replaced by more reliable Democrats.
Speaking at a press conference, Jayapal said:
"I think we should allow for strong primary challenges so that people can really put their Democratic chops on the line, if you will, and let the Democratic voters decide who they want.
"You can't say you're a Democrat if you're against immigrants if you're against abortion if you're against gay marriage and LGBTQ rights."
At least Gov. Cuomo is one step closer to free New York from pro-lifers.