As the reality of governing-by-deregulation-talking-points trickles down upon us, is it too much to hope that voters might see through social conservative talking points too?
HHS is characterizing the number of comments as “higher than average” and RH Reality Check has obtained estimates from several organizations suggesting at 200,000 comments are in opposition. Don’t forget the 325,000 petitions turned in before the rule was issued, as Americans attempt to prevent ideology from trumping medical science.
Dismiss talk of witch-hunters as fringe wing-nuttery at your own risk — public health advocates know better after dealing with witch-doctors and AIDS. The challenge is distinguishing the good witches from the bad.
The opposition to proposed rules denying patient conscience rights continues to increase as the deadline approaches.
The concept of conscience has been repeatedly manipulated, especially in the context of reproductive health and rights. While some have pointed to Catholic teaching to support the imposition of ever-more restrictive refusal clauses, they do not, reflect the Catholic position.
Adolescents and teens often hold seemingly irreconcilable ideas about having sex; Is HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt deliberately trying to stifle debate on proposed regulations?; More women than ever seeking birth control; UK government reduces compensation payments to rape victims who had been drinking.
MoveOn.org mobilizes its 3.5 million members to stop the Bush Administration’s attempt to define contraception as abortion. RH Reality Check is cited as source.
“Protecting” the mental health of women is the latest front in the abortion debate; The state of South Dakota’s second abortion ban attempt; The Oregonian responds to Secretary Leavitt; New England Journal of Medicine reviews PEPFAR five years after inception.
HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt blogs again about the proposed HHS regulations that redefine contraception as abortion, without mentioning the word contraception. But he demonstrates he knows how to play the game of far-right ideological abortion politics.
The Bush Administration efforts to redefine contraception as abortion continue to make major news, and give anti-choice publications one more chance to stir up emotion and misinformation.