HHS "PROVIDER CONSCIENCE": Bush Legacy
January 20, 2009 2:54 PM Subscribe
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On January 20, the HHS "Provider Conscience Rule"
went into effect, allowing employees and volunteers at government-funded hospitals and clinics to deny patients access to a variety of medical services, based on moral objection.
is one of the Bush Administration's parting midnight regulations.
Ostensibly focusing on abortion and sterilization, it is considered by some
to be written so vaguely
that it might be applied to "contraception, fertility treatments, HIV/AIDS services, gender reassignment, end-of-life care, or any other medical practice to which someone might have a personal moral (not even religious) objection.”
The Attorney General's Office of Connecticut,
joined by seven states, has filed a lawsuit to quash the regulation. Some background
about HHS' Provider Conscience Regulation.