Some Updates on the HHS Conscience Regulation
First, I haven’t heard or seen anything at all that lets me know where we are on this. However, Emily has a recent piece up at RH Reality Check with some relevant recent correspondence between the Institute for Policy Integrity and the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (I know, it sounds wonky, but it’s not so bad, I promise).
Next, although public comments can take some time to post, it appears that HHS only loaded ~5,315 public comments received on the proposal, and has not loaded any since October 7th (indicating that perhaps they are done or have stopped). I don’t know exactly how many comments were actually submitted, but reports from organizations who assisted their members in commenting indicate that the number should have been in the 200,000+ range. I’m hoping to find out more about this. In the meantime, I was able to find my own comment among those posted – can you find yours?
Finally, RHRC also has a great video on the topic from their new “Our Reality” series, with interviews with reproductive health providers on how the proposed regulation might affect their work.