Obama and the ‘Conscience’ Rule

One of the last things the Bush administration did back in December was bring in legislation which cuts funding to healthcare providers who refuse to accommodate their employees’ religious objections to providing certain kinds of care. Typically – although perhaps not exclusively – this revolved around denying access to contraception, emergency contraception, and abortion to women. The Obama administration is now looking to rescind the legislation, thus preventing heathcare providers from refusing to provide certain kinds of care. Unsurprisingly, the proposals are kicking up a storm. I understand there is a thirty-day period when the public can comment on the proposals, which may then be modified. Read more here.

6 thoughts on “Obama and the ‘Conscience’ Rule

  1. I’m not sure if this is the issue, but there’s some concern that if Obama changes one of the rules, then Catholic hospitals will have to shut down, since they aren’t willing to provide abortions. But I might be getting things confused.

  2. cutting funding to healthcare providers for providing healthcare. Is getting rid of that policy gem really that contraversial?

  3. I, too, wrote a post on this back in December. (And for time-travel fun, if you scroll down you’ll notice I argued for a rougher version of the same position back in 2006, too.) Unsurprisingly for those who know me, my position is more moderate (you might say `accommodationist’) than zooeyibz’.

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