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Matt Bowman: Obama’s newly proposed HHS conscience rule blatantly refuses to implement the law

Today the Obama administration published its proposal to completely rescind and eliminate the conscience-protecting regulations that the Bush administration passed in January. The “proposed rescission” is here: Rescission of the Regulation Entitled “Ensuring That Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices in Violation of Federal Law”; Proposal, 45 CFR Part 88.

Contrary to media reports by anonymous Obama officials, President Obama is not proposing to narrowly tailor the regulations or better define them, nor will he leave in place regulations to protect doctors from being forced to participate in at least some surgical abortions. He will “rescind in its entirety” the current regulation, leaving no federal regulation at all protecting doctors, even from being forced to participate in such things as partial-birth abortion.

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As explained here before, the current implementing regulation does nothing more than take laws that have been on the books for three decades, and actually enforce their words so that federal fund recipients cannot illegally discriminate against pro-life health care workers. The implementing regulations in no way expand those time-honored laws—they simply enforce them, so that the will of the American people would actually be applied to protect doctors from being forced to participate in abortions or face dire consequences.

By his rule issued today, President Obama is utterly refusing to enforce these conscience protection laws, resulting in a situation where doctors may be forced to participate in abortions and patients may be forced to have their babies delivered by doctors who perform abortions. Whatever happened to the so called “right to choose”? The Obama administration is quite simply collaborating with Planned Parenthood and their allies to allow pro-life medical professionals to be punished for their beliefs, with the punishment to be funded by your federal dollars.

Americans can object to this attack on religious freedom by sending a polite but direct email to proposedrescission@hhs.gov asking that the existing regulations be maintained, but they must send their email within the next 30 days."

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