Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Last Chance to Speak Out Against Bush’s Attack on Birth Control

As you may have heard, new Bush Administration rules that so many of us have been dreading could go into effect as early as September 25th. We should be prepared for the consequences of this regulation, aware of how it will affect our daily lives, and most importantly, we should speak out against it to our congressional representatives and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The proposed rule empowers federal health officials to pull funding from hundreds of thousands of hospitals, clinics, health plans, doctors' offices and other entities if they do not accommodate employees who refuse to participate in care they find objectionable on personal, moral or religious grounds.

Although the proposed language specifically mentions abortion and sterilization, it does not define either procedure, leaving the open the possibility that anti-choice individuals could refuse to prescribe or provide birth control as well as a broad range of services. So, not only is abortion under attack, but family planning, end-of-life care and possibly a wide range of scientific research are also under threatened.

There are already laws on the books that balance health care providers’ religious beliefs in a way that accommodated patients’ needs. Formulating a solution in search of a problem, the Bush Administration has taken a non-issue to an illogical extreme, limiting the rights of patients to receive complete and accurate health information about abortion and contraception.

This new regulation is unnecessary, and could jeopardize the pro-choice laws and programs that women rely on for their medical care.. Write your Congressman now to ensure that this happens. Take action now to protect women’s health care needs!

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