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NFPRHA Applauds District Court Ruling Striking Down Health Care Refusal Rule

New York, NY – Today, Judge [Paul A.] Engelmayer in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York vacated the Trump administration’s health care refusal rule in its entirety, which was scheduled to take effect on November 22, 2019. The ruling followed oral arguments by the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA), represented by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), with Public Health Solutions, a NFPRHA member in New York, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, the New York Attorney General and other states. The following is a statement from Clare Coleman, President & CEO, NFPRHA:

“Today, the court safeguarded the public’s health by striking down the Trump administration’s health care refusal rule. This unlawful rule is an outright attack on the health and wellness of millions of people across the country, and the court heard clear and compelling arguments about the harm communities face when our health care system is distorted to the point in which a patient’s health care needs are not paramount.

“We stand against this and every regulation that promotes discrimination, erects additional barriers to essential health care, and threatens the integrity of key HHS programs, including the Title X family planning program. We are heartened by today’s ruling, and we will not stop fighting to prioritize patients’ need for standard medical care over health care personnels’ personal religious or moral beliefs.”


NFPRHA is a membership organization representing publicly funded family planning providers and administrators nationwide. NFPRHA advances and elevates the importance of family planning in the nation’s health care system and promotes and supports the work of family planning providers and administrators, especially those in the safety net. For more information, visit

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