Today’s provider conscience regulations go so far as to put the onus on patients to divine what information and services might be withheld by any given provider, and then shop around to find alternatives.
The HHS provider conscience expansion is just one example of an insidious effort by religious right groups to tip the balance away from patient access to care and toward conscience exemptions without consequences.
New HHS regulations will do nothing to contribute to the universal goal of reducing the number of unintended pregnancies.
Proposed HHS regulations seek to protect provider conscience — at the expense of patient access to care. Testimony submitted to the President’s Council on Bioethics examines the harmful ramifications these regulations could have.