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.
A fight over provider conscience in Wasilla, Alaska, has repercussions in the current debate over new HHS regulations.
The Bush Administration claims that the benefits of the new HHS provider conscience regulation outweigh the costs. But they reached this conclusion without using any data or proof.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a filed a comment objecting to HHS’s new provider conscience regulations.
Whatever religious values medical providers hold, we must also respect our patients’ right to know all of their treatment options. For us, patients come first.
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.
New HHS regulations will do nothing to contribute to the universal goal of reducing the number of unintended pregnancies.
Hillary Clinton says impending HHS rule could give medical practitioners ‘a free pass to deny access to contraception’; Over 500,000 women die every year during childbirth; UN says governments must do more for women; Colorado Amendment 48 could be used to outlaw abortion and perhaps contraception.
As the deadline for public comment on the new Department of Health and Human Services refusal clause regulations nears, the President’s Committee on Bioethics discussed how conscience relates to health care at its meeting last week.
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.