A New York federal judge issued a temporary restraining order Tuesday that blocked Gov. Kathy Hochul from enforcing a vaccine mandate for health care workers who claim a religious exemption.

The order, from U.S. District Judge David N. Hurd of the Northern District of New York, came in response to a lawsuit filed Monday by a conservative legal organization on behalf of 17 Christian doctors, nurses and therapists who claimed that the COVID-19 vaccines were “connected” to abortions.

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