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Stop HHS Regulations: Sign the Petition!

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.

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HHS “Provider Conscience” Rule Puts Public Health in Danger

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.

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HHS Rule Out of Touch with Medical Reality

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.

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Bitter Pill: How DC’s Pharmacies Fail Women

Pharmacists in D.C. can and do refuse to provide women’s health care based on such “personal views” as latent sexism, unsubstantiated medical opinion, or whim.

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Bush’s Parting Shot Undermines Health Care

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.

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HHS Provider Conscience Rule: You Better Shop Around

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.

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Unconscionable Policies, Dangerous Politics

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.

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HHS Publishes Provider Conscience Expansion Rule

The Department of Health and Human Services today published a new regulation broadening protections for health care providers who refuse to provide health care services based on religious or moral grounds.

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Roundup: Ross Douthat on 08 Republican Electoral Losses; Obama and the Federal Courts

Debate over abortion shifts to debate over rights of health care workers; anti-choice movement not to blame for 2008 Republican electoral losses?; Obama can reshape federal courts; Indian ashram rejects woman living with HIV.

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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.

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