November 20 came and went, with no mention of the expanded provider conscience regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services. Does this mean the rule change is dead? Doubtful.
New HHS regulations to limit patients’ access to basic reproductive health care services and information, The Protecting Patients and Health Care Act, would prevent HHS from implementing this midnight regulation.
Sens. Hillary Clinton and Patty Murray have introduced legislation that would block new Department of Health and Human Services provider conscience regulations from going into effect.
An exciting week in health care news: the Bush administration is racing to take away as many reproductive rights as it can before leaving office. Meanwhile, Democrats in Congress are taking the lead on healthcare reform.
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle accepts the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services in an Obama administration. What does this mean for reproductive and sexual health and rights under President Elect Obama?
EEOC officials oppose new HHS regulations; anti-choicers move toward common ground; ACLU seeks documents regarding teen health policy; priest asks parishioners to repent for voting for Obama.
The Bush administration promised not to issue any more regulations after June 1, 2008. In August 2008, the administration released proposed regulations that would allow providers to redefine abortion as contraception. While 200,000 Americans registered their thoughts during the 30-day commenting period, the clock is ticking. Now Planned Parenthood, the ACLU and the Center for Reproductive Rights says it’s enough.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a filed a comment objecting to HHS’s new provider conscience regulations.
Major medical professional organizations join together to protest new HHS regulations that would damage the integrity of the relationship between patients and health care providers.
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.