23 Democratic State Attorneys General Sue Trump Administration Over Rule Allowing Doctors to Decline Performing Abortions and Transgender Surgeries

New York State Attorney General Letitia James speaks at a news conference on June 11, 2019.
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A group of Democratic state attorneys general is suing the Trump administration over its rule that allows doctors to decline performing abortions and transgender surgeries.

The legal action challenges the administration’s reversal of an Obama-era regulation that included someone’s “internal sense of gender, which may be male, female, neither, or a combination of male and female” in its definition of “sex discrimination” in section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act. The regulation also included “termination of pregnancy” in that same definition.