Trump administration rules health staff can refuse care for religious reasons

New rule reinforces laws protecting conscience rights but ACLU says religious liberty being used to harm communities Doctors, nurses and other health workers can opt out of procedures such as abortions and sterilizations which violate their personal or religious beliefs, under a rule issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services on Thursday. The rule, proposed more than a year ago, reinforces a set of 25 laws passed by Congress that protect conscience rights in healthcare, HHS said. Those laws allow health providers and entities to opt out of providing, participating in, paying for or referring for healthcare services that they have personal or religious objections to, HHS said. Trump chose the National Day of Prayer to announce …