Update on HHS Conscience Comments
As I mentioned earlier in the week, if you go to the Regulations.gov website and look for public comments submitted regarding the “physician conscience” proposed rule, it appears that there are only 5,315 comments, which doesn’t come close to estimates from organizations who solicited comments. It appears that in some cases, organizations who solicited comments sent through them as one big batch in a single document. As such, those comments won’t show up in the count individually, but one of those 5,315 comments may actually represent >1,000 people commenting using a pre-drafted web form message. Here’s one example, of “1351 comments from Planned Parenthood supporters as a PDF.” If you can’t find your own comment on the site, this may be why.