Friday, July 18, 2008

Fight Back Against Bush's Lastest Attack on Women's Health!

Recently, The New York Times reported on a new proposal by the Bush Administration concerning conditions on aid recipients under federal health programs run by the Department of Health and Human Services.
Included in this proposal, the Bush administration found it necessary to redefine abortion as “any of the various procedures — including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action — that results in the termination of the life of a human being in-utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.” This definition of abortion is incredibly broad and would include many types of birth control and emergency contraception. The National Institute of Health and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists affirm that pregnancy begins when a fertilized egg implants in the lining of a woman’s uterus. Despite the conclusions of the scientific and medical community, the Bush administration is determined to redefine conception to further their political agenda.

In addition, hospitals, clinics, researchers and medical schools who receive funding from the HHS would be required to sign “written certificates” alleging that they will not discriminate against hiring nurses and other providers who do not advocate abortion or particular types of birth control due to “religious beliefs or moral convictions.” The federal initiative would supersede state and local government policies causing direct conflict with state laws requiring hospital staff to offer emergency contraception to victims of sexual assault.

Thankfully, the proposal has caused quite a backlash. Prominent leaders, including Senators Pat Murray and Hillary Clinton have spoken out against the Bush administrations attack on women’s health. Housespeaker Nancy Pelosi has also expressed her concern stating "a sustained pattern of the Bush administration to reject medical and sound science in favor of a misguided ideology that has no place in our government". And enough outraged people visited Pelosi’s website to cause the site to crash.

CLICK HERE to tell your members of Congress that you support their efforts to get the Bush administration to reconsider this terrible idea!

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