7 states sue over Bush rule on health workers

HARTFORD, Conn.— Seven states recently sued the federal government over a new rule that expands protections for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions and other medical procedures because of religious or moral o

HARTFORD, Conn.— Seven states recently sued the federal government over a new rule that expands protections for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions and other medical procedures because of religious or moral objections.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed the lawsuit in federal court in Hartford on behalf of the states.

They claim the federal rule, issued by the Bush administration last month and set to take effect Tuesday, would trump state laws protecting women’s access to birth control, reproductive health services and emergency contraception.

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