On May 28, 2019, the County of Santa Clara filed a federal
lawsuit, together with a coalition of other affected organizations and
providers, challenging a new Trump Administration rule that would invite
healthcare workers to deny care to patients based on religious and moral
beliefs. The County already has policies in place that comply with state
and federal law by protecting patients and staff alike from discrimination,
while requiring all staff to assist patients during a medical emergency.
By contrast, the new Trump Administration rule unlawfully and unnecessarily
elevates personal beliefs over medical care and would pose insurmountable
operational challenges. If the rule goes into effect, healthcare
providers risk losing federal funding for failure to comply. The County
is bringing this legal challenge in partnership with Americans United for
Separation of Church and State, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Lambda
Legal, and Mayer Brown and alongside several specialized health care clinics,
physicians, and associations of medical professionals.