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Great Resource on Proposed HHS Rule

August 4, 2008

Below the Waist has an excellent round-up of resources related to HHS’s proposed rule that could define contraception as abortion and fertilized eggs as human beings, including the draft regs, list of US Senators and Representatives who have signed on to a letter opposing the change, responses from AMA and ACOG, and other information.

I don’t always agree with ACOG’s approach to everything, but this excerpt of their letter nails it [with my emphasis added]:

HHS asserts a definition of abortion as “any of the various procedures – including the prescription, dispensing, and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action – that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.” This definition is inconsistent with all established medical authorities and is so broad and inexact that it could include even basic widely used methods of birth control, including oral contraception and intrauterine devices (IUDs).

This and many other aspects of the proposed regulation would severely limit women’s access to safe and legal methods of preventing unwanted pregnancies and undercut our Nation’s commitment to healthy births and family planning. Contraception is a necessity for women during three decades of their life span, and medical contraception is used by 89% of the 42 million women who seek to avoid pregnancy.

Science and the American people are not well-served when the government trumps basic health care needs with ideology and politics. This egregious regulation is an affront to health professionals and to American women. We urge the Administration to stop all further work on this very ill-advised effort.

See this previous post for background.

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