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.
Sen. Hillary Clinton and Sen. Patty Murray met yesterday with Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt to express their disagreement with proposed HHS regulations that would broaden existing provider conscience protections.
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.
New “provider conscience” regulations proposed by HHS could severely limit women’s access to contraception and other health care. During a public comment period, the department continued to frustrate advocates’ effort to comment on the new regulations.
The extremists are coming out of the closet with their real agenda: the assault on birth control.
The new HHS provider conscience regulations aren’t a problem simply for women of childbearing age. Your body is now the tableau of conscience for whatever doctor or pharmacist you draw.
The American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has clearly stated that certification is not at issue if a provider refuses to perform or refer for abortion. But HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt continues to cite this certification as justification for his new regulations.
HHS has released its proposed regulation to “help protect health care providers from [religious] discrimination.” The good news is it no longer attempts to re-define abortion to include birth control. But the regulation no longer defines pregnancy or abortion at all.
There’s no evidence that any birth control method prevents a fertilized egg from attaching to the womb. Why isn’t that a relief to pro-lifers?
After intense criticism in the mainstream media and from millions of Americans, HHS has removed an explicit redefinition of contraception as abortion from proposed regulations. In so doing, the agency may have created a much larger problem.