Coverage of the HHS “Conscience” Rule
First, Rachel Maddow had lengthy (for cable news) coverage of the conscience issue, including an interview with Rep. Diana DeGette about the implications and possibilities for overturning the rule. WordPress won’t let me embed properly, but here it is.
The Daily Women’s Health Policy Report has links to lots of coverage.
RH Reality Check has of course continued their excellent coverage of the issue.
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists had this to say:
This new HHS regulation places patients’ rights directly behind the rights of ideologically-driven physicians and anyone else directly or indirectly involved in their health care. As has been acknowledged by HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt, current law, dating back 30 years, already protects physicians and health care providers who refuse to provide abortions and sterilizations based on religious or moral beliefs…
Nearly every relevant, national medical association has urged Secretary Leavitt to abandon this ill-conceived policy change. Nonetheless, ideology rules the day once again in this administration. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists will respectfully request that President-Elect Barack Obama rescind this regulation as expeditiously as possible upon taking office in January.
Finally, you can read the final version of the rule itself in today’s Federal Register. Prepare to be frustrated – the Department’s response to those 200,000 comments submitted was essentially a brush-off and can be distilled down to “We don’t think it’s a problem.”