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.
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.
President Obama and congressional Democrats have already moved smartly to restore key women’s reproductive rights that came under attack during the Bush Administration.
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.
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.
The Family Research Council predictably hails HHS rule and ridicules lawsuits seeking an injunction.
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.
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.
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.
New HHS regulations will do nothing to contribute to the universal goal of reducing the number of unintended pregnancies.