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Obama and the ‘Conscience’ Rule February 28, 2009

Filed under: politics,reproductive rights — Monkey @ 3:16 pm

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 Responses to “Obama and the ‘Conscience’ Rule”

  1. Carl Says:

    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. Anonymous Says:

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

  3. zooeyibz Says:

    I blogged about this back when Bush was pushing it through the dept of Health & Human Services. I’m relieved to see Obama looking to restore some sanity!

  4. Monkey Says:

    Hello Zooeyibz – great blog. Am adding it to our blogroll…

  5. Noumena Says:

    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’.

  6. Monkey Says:

    Interesting, Noumena – cheers!

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