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The Bush administration has formally proposed a new federal regulation on the topic of providers' "conscience" rights that has the potential to seriously undermine the U.S. health care system and impede access to services and information. The August 26 action came after a month of controversy over a draft leaked in mid-July--controversy that, by the end of the public comment period on September 25, reportedly generated over 200,000 letters in opposition from a long list of medical associations, advocacy groups, policymakers and other individuals and groups (see box, page 18), along with an unknown number of letters in support. According to the proposed regulation, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) believes there is widespread ignorance of three long-standing federal laws that allow individuals and institutions to refuse to provide certain services, explicitly abortions and sterilizations, to which they object on religious or moral grounds. The stated purpose of the regulation, in response, is to clarify, raise awareness of and require certification of compliance with these laws, but in "clarifying" them, opponents argue, the administration is redefining key terms and expanding the laws' reach.

GENRE
Non-Fiction
RELEASED
2008
September 22
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
8
Pages
PUBLISHER
Guttmacher Institute
SELLER
The Gale Group, Inc., a Delaware corporation and an affiliate of Cengage Learning, Inc.
SIZE
74.6
KB

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