Lame Duck Bush Quacks Big Time

While Obama diligently prepares to take over the presidency on January 20th, Lame duck Bush is busy leaving his legacy all over the White House front lawn for everyone else to clean up. One of his most important last minute proposals will effect healthy policy is so potentially discriminating that his own appointee in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission opposes it. The policy would provide prohibit institutions receiving federal money from “discriminating” against medical professionals who object to participating in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.” And of course those that object under those conditions often define all kinds of contraception as abortion. If enacted, this policy makes the idea of “government enforced pregnancy” as close to reality as I EVER want to get. Can you imagine some sanctimonious doctor, nurse, or pharmacist effectively dictating a family-planning decision like sterilization because it’s against their religious beliefs or moral convictions? Okay, if they get to refuse on those grounds, then all of their marketing materials should proclaim it. They should also be required to have it added to their name tags. Let’s see how well they’re clinics, pharmacies, and offices do when everyone knows exactly who to boycott.

I can’t wait until these jerks are out of office.

I refer you back to Hillary Clinton’s post on RH Reality Check from June when we first starting hearing about this ridiculous policy change:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is poised to put in place new barriers to accessing common forms of contraception like birth control pills, emergency contraception and IUDs by labeling them “abortion.” These proposed regulations set to be released next week will allow healthcare providers to refuse to provide contraception to women who need it. We can’t let them get away with this underhanded move to undermine women’s health and that’s why I am sounding the alarm.

These rules pose a serious threat to providers and uninsured and low-income Americans seeking care. They could prevent providers of federally-funded family planning services, like Medicaid and Title X, from guaranteeing their patients access to the full range of comprehensive family planning services. They’ll also build significant barriers to counseling, education, contraception and preventive health services for those who need it most: low-income and uninsured women and men.

The regulations could even invalidate state laws that currently ensure access to contraception for many Americans. In fact, they describe New York and California’s laws requiring prescription drug insurance plans to provide coverage for contraceptives as part of “the problem.” These rules would even interfere with New York State law that ensures survivors of sexual assault and rape receive emergency contraception in hospital emergency rooms.

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