Friday, February 27, 2009

HHS Rule To Be Rescinded

Today, President Obama announced his intent to revoke the controversial refusal regulation, signed by President Bush in 2008. A move that has been widely anticipated by pundits and activists everywhere, this change has come not a moment too soon.

The nasty refusal regulation – as explained in this C.R.A.Blog post – granted broad authority to health-care workers to refuse to perform procedures that “violate their personal, moral, or religious beliefs.” This policy, finalized in the last days of the Bush Administration, caused a mass outcry, and for good reason; its unspecific, sweeping language could have created major obstacles to obtaining many health services, including family planning, infertility treatment, and end-of-life care.

Luckily, the Obama administration plans to rescind regulation. Said an official with the Health and Human Services Department: “We've been concerned that the way the Bush rule is written it could make it harder for women to get the care they need… we support a tightly written conscience clause. We recognize and understand that some providers have objections about abortion, and we want to make sure that current law protects them… we want to be thoughtful about this.”

The anti-choice groups will likely be up in arms about this development. Please show President Obama that he has your support - send him a quick thank-you email today.


Rev. Debra Haffner said...

As a religious leader, I applaud the President's decision. I can appreciate that some physicians, nurses, pharmacists and so on do not want to participate in delivering sexual health services -- I just don't think they should work for federally funded programs that have as their mandate to deliver them. Blessings for one more step forward from the dark anti-reproductive health policies of the last Administration.
Rev. Debra Haffner

Anonymous said...

Religion and abortion seems to have changed since the 1970s (at odds with each other) and now seem to be accepting. What has changed over the years in religion?