Conscience Rule Backers Face Tough Road In Court

Law360, New York (March 16, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Supporters of last year's controversial rule meant to ensure broad freedom of conscience protections for federally funded health care workers have vowed to keep pushing for those protections after President Obama rescinds the rule, but experts say their legal options are likely limited.

The rule, which was proposed in the last months of George W. Bush's administration and took effect in January, protects federally funded health workers' “right of conscience” not to provide in some services – most controversially, abortion – by more strictly enforcing several...
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