You didn't think Dubya was going to leave office without trying to pee on our reproductive rights one more time, did you? He's trying to get the "provider conscience" rule passed ASAP before he leaves office. We've discussed this proposed rule before, and here's the gist, says the New York Times:"[The rule] would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their 'religious beliefs or moral convictions.' It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and drugstores from requiring employees with religious or moral objections to 'assist in the performance of any part of a health service program or research activity' financed by the Department of Health and Human Services." Despite the fact that the White House said new rules had to be proposed by June 1st and passed by November 1st to avoid a rush of new ones before Bush leaves office, the "provider conscience" rule "is getting special treatment because Dubya is just so eager to pass it. According to the Times, "The White House Office of Management and Budget received the proposal on Aug. 21 and cleared it on the same day…The 'provider conscience'rule missed both deadlines." The Bush Administration having flagrant disregard for established laws? What a shock! Oh and also? Here's an example of the current policies which the Bush Administration objects to: "officials cited a Connecticut law that generally requires hospitals to provide rape victims with timely access to and information about emergency contraception." Because people shouldn't have to provide rape victims access to emergency contraception if it's against their beliefs, you know. If it is pushed through before the end of Bush's deplorable reign, Obama says he will overturn this law immediately. However, the Times reports that the rescinding process could take 3-6 months. If you want to tell the Bush Administration where they can put their proposal, click here for the Planned Parenthood Action Center form. Only 63 more days of this horseshit, people. I think I can speak for almost all of us when I say, don't let the door hit ya on the way out, George! Protests Over a Rule to Protect Health Providers [NY Times] Tell The Bush Administration To Keep Its Word [PPAC]
Isn't this already happening? I'm late to the game here, I know, but there are plenty of OB's who do not perform abortions, but will refer you elsewhere to get them done.
I also know of some doctors who are uncomfortable with 'pulling the plug' in hospitals. They simply bring over a colleague who will do it for them.
So. . isn't this law already in effect? And can we honestly force people to do something they feel uncomfortable with? If a pharmacist doesn't want to give you the pills, vote with your feet and find someone else.