340,000 Support Conscience Rights of Healthcare Workers
The 30 day comment period on the Obama administration’s plan to rescind a regulation protecting health care workers’ conscience rights, saw 340,000 Americans tell the Health and Human Services Department (HHS) that they are at odds with the proposed initiative, reports Citizenlink.
Just before his second term ended, President Bush established regulations protecting the rights of healthcare workers to refuse to participate in practices objectionable to their consciences, such as performing abortions or prescribing contraceptives.
President Obama, however, wasted little time initiating the first step in striking down Bush’s policy, with the official proposal to rescind the Bush-era regulation appearing in the federal register in early March.
Carrie Gordon Earll, senior bioethics analyst at Focus on the Family Action, called it a serious situation. Read the rest here.