Jill Morrison writes in her reader diary: Real people can suffer real harms as a result of religious refusals. Next time someone asks the question “What’s the big deal?” — make sure you’re prepared to tell them.
Let’s see some proof, the Obama administration said, in essence, today, to those who claimed that health care providers desperately needed further protection to prevent discrimination based on their religious objection to providing abortion care.
Let’s get the facts straight: revisiting the Bush “conscience clause” rule does not mean that providers who object to performing abortions will have to provide them.
The Obama administration takes the first step to rescind Bush’s midnight regulations that would allow any health care worker to obstruct a woman’s access to contraception.
The Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law of the House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing today on the Bush administration’s midnight regulations, including the Department of Health and Human Services’s “provider conscience” regulation.
In the November 2008 election, voters reaffirmed their support for reproductive rights and overwhelmingly chose Barack Obama for president who supports reproductive health access.
President Bush’s provider conscience expansion is set to go into effect January 18, but the National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association has launched a petition to block the new regulation.
The right of conscience is a time-honored value in our society. But it is not only health providers who have rights; so do patients.
Health care providers already strain to serve women while respecting workers’ rights under existing laws. Now Secretary Leavitt has put even more obstacles between patients and the health care they need.
Under HHS’s new rule, doctors and health care workers of all kinds can deny patients vital health care information and services, without the patient even knowing.