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Monday, August 25, 2008

Update: HHS Regulation Officially Proposed

Last Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services officially proposed a rule that could severely undermine women's access to health care services and information. Read the HHS press release here. As anticipated, the proposed regulation purports to interpret three federal laws which allow providers to refuse to perform abortions or sterilizations. With this rule, the Administration goes way beyond the original intent of federal law, and jeopardizes the health and safety of women.

Well, you can't say we didn't see it coming. The Bush Administration has made a habit of pushing it's own ideology and undermining access to health care. This new attempt is a blatant move to do just that.

Secretary Michael Leavitt will tell you that this proposal is "about the legal right of a health care professional to practice according to their conscience." WE know that this regulation would open the door for political agendas to be inserted into emergency rooms and health centers. WE know that it would allow women to be denied access to information and services. And WE know that this regulation disparately impacts low-income, uninsured, and under-insured women who rely on Title X and Medicaid programs for their health services.

Check out the Secretary's blog post in which he tries to justify the rule. This is one of three posts he's written on the topic. Apparently he's received some feedback from some folks (he specifically mentions Planned Parenthood!) who want an explanation. Go figure.

Secretary Leavitt's Blog

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Blogger Joanna said...

Praise God! I will keep praying that this law gets passed totally, and doctors are allowed to abstain from killing the unborn.

August 28, 2008 at 9:15 PM  
Anonymous Jamison said...

Fine, Joanna. I hope that if, God forbid, this despicable attempt to pass off personal crusading as "healthcare" succeeds, YOU are one of the first victims to get denied critical medical care because some scumbag who thinks they should have the right to force their twisted morality on everybody else doesn't like something about YOU.

You pro-liars are so far removed from God it's not even funny. You don't care about saving anything, it's all about whose "morality" gets to dictate to the population at large so you can indulge in prideful smugness. I think y'all are gonna be in for one heckuva rude shock when you stand before the very God you claim to worship and have to answer for yourself.

September 9, 2008 at 11:50 PM  

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