The Legislative Advocate for California’s chapter of NOW (National Organization for Women) claims that a contact at the Department of Health and Human Services confirms that the department believes Bush’s midnight regulation that greatly expanded the ability of medical care providers to refuse to perform medical treatment on the basis of conscience falls under the guise of President Obama’s executive order freezing all Bush’s midnight regulations:
I am thrilled to break
the news that we were wrong in our assessment that the DHHS rule was
too far along to fall under Obama’s halt on new Bush regulations!This from our Legislative Advocate:
While the regulatory process
had been completed and the final regulations reported in the Federal Registry, HHS
had not yet developed guidelines for implementation. [A contact at HHS confirms] the Department believes
the regs. fall under President Obama’s executive order “freezing all last minute Bush
administration regulations for review prior to final implementation”.
We are working to confirm or deny this ourselves. But, if it turns out to be true, it is indeed quite a gift on this 36th anniversary of Roe v. Wade.