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The Conscience Clause: What Would Hobbes Do?

Stanley Fish applies philosophy to the Provider Conscience Rule debate. He points out that Hobbes’s definition of “conscience” was almost exactly the opposite of the way we think of the word today. Hobbes looked to the word’s etymology—“to know in concert with one another”—to reason that the word could refer to public or common knowledge.

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Religious Voices Weigh in on Conscience

While some religious groups do oppose rescinding the conscience rule, many support it because of their concern that it could be harmful to health care and counter-productive to efforts to reduce unintended pregnancies.

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Obama Comes Through, Reversing Bush Era Repro Rights Restrictions

President Obama and congressional Democrats have already moved smartly to restore key women’s reproductive rights that came under attack during the Bush Administration.

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Rescinding the Bush HHS Regulations: Act Now to Have Your Voices Heard

The Obama Administration is now taking comments on the revision of the HHS Rules put in place by the Bush Administration. Act now to have your voice heard.

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HHS Rule May Be Subject to Obama’s Halt on Bush Regulations

The Legislative Advocate for California NOW claims that a contact at the Department of Health and Human Services confirms that the HHS provider conscience regulation will be frozen along with Bush’s other midnight regulations.

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“Impatient Liberals and Abortion Moguls:” FRC Weighs in on HHS Rule and Lawsuits

The Family Research Council predictably hails HHS rule and ridicules  lawsuits seeking an injunction.

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Bitter Pill: How DC’s Pharmacies Fail Women

Pharmacists in D.C. can and do refuse to provide women’s health care based on such “personal views” as latent sexism, unsubstantiated medical opinion, or whim.

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OMB Approves HHS Refusal Clause, Last Stop Before Publication

OMB approves refusal clause rule, last stop before publication in the Federal Register. Sec. Michael Leavitt’s consolation prize to the far-right is just about done.

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HHS Regs Would Cover All Religious Convictions

If new HHS regulations are adopted, family planning service providers could be forced to hire people who have moral objections to contraception and would be unable to discipline employees who refuse to provide birth control.

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Top Five Reasons You Should Protest New HHS Regulations

New HHS regulations will do nothing to contribute to the universal goal of reducing the number of unintended pregnancies.

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