· · · · · 

November 20 Deadline Passes: When Will HHS Release Provider Conscience Regs?

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.

· · · · · 

Bush Administration’s Latest Ploy, Ideology Before Women’s Health

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. Clinton and Murray Introduce Legislation to Block New HHS Rule from Going Into Effect

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.

· · · · · 

Healthcare: Out With the Old, In With the New

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.

· · · · · 

Will Tom Daschle Be the Secretary of HHS the Reproductive Rights Community Wants?

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?

· · · · · 

Roundup: EEOC Against New HHS Regs; Anti-Choicers Work for Abortion Reduction; ACLU Seeks Policy on Teen RH

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.

· · · · · 

“You Have Failed Entirely”, Says Planned Parenthood and ACLU

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.

· · · · · 

EEOC Objects to New HHS Regulations

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a filed a comment objecting to HHS’s new provider conscience regulations.

· · · · · 

Medical Groups Protest New HHS 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.

· · · · · 

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.

· · · · ·