Colorado is among nearly two dozen states and municipalities suing the Trump administration to stop a new rule that allows health care clinicians to deny abortions and other services based on moral or religious beliefs.
“A patient’s access to quality, affordable healthcare should not be driven by the personal beliefs or the discriminatory practices of one individual or organization," Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser, a Democrat from Boulder, said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
"This refusal of care rule threatens to cause incredible mischief. It is wrong, unnecessary, and threatens to do real harm. Colorado providers should not be forced to choose between giving effective and efficient patient care or risking the loss of more than $6 billion in federal funds that they rely on to provide that care.”
The lawsuit was filed earlier in the day in Manhattan federal court to block the Department of Health and Human Services rule, which is scheduled to take effect in July.
Hospitals, universities, clinics and other entities that receive federal funding would have to certify compliance with some 25 federal laws protecting conscience and religious rights.
Most laws pertain to medical procedures such as abortion, sterilization and assisted suicide.
Colorado is joined by Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin, as well as New York City, the District of Columbia, Chicago and Cook County in Illinois.
The Associated Press contributed to this story.