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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