In a statement on its website, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department said it was “proposing to rescind” the conscience rule “in its entirety.”
President Bush declared January 18th to be National Sanctity of Human Life Day as his final action. He was quoted saying, ‘All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique and worthy of protection.’ Bush administration officials said it merely reflected laws passed by Congress and was meant to prevent discrimination against people based on their religious or moral beliefs and to protect health care workers who do not want to perform abortions.
“The new HHS rule is President Bush’s parting shot at women’s access to basic health care,” said Caroline Fredrickson, director of the ACLU Washington Legislative Office. “This administration has continually put politics and ideology before science and patients’ health.” Ideology?
Ideology? Politics?? Now that is HILARIOUS. Again, abortion is not health care because if the child is dead, it has no health.
The initial HHS rule limits employers ability to require their workers to perform or assist in the performance any health care service program or research activity.
This included pharmacy techs (RU 486, morning after pill), scientists (embryonic stem cell research), doctors & nurses forced to do abortion practices including abortifacients, among others.
The argument is that this rule limits some of the public from health care, but what it really means is ‘specific’ care, such as abortion counseling and family planning.
Incredibly, the new guy shows up and decides what is law and what is not law according to his beliefs. Just like that. The rules constantly change to the point we can’t recognize the Constitution anymore.