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Action to Rescind the “Conscience” Rule in Today’s Federal Register

March 10, 2009

As anticipated, the proposed rule to rescind the Bush Administration’s “conscience” rule was published in today’s Federal Register. This kick-starts the 30-day public comment period – comments are due by April 9, 2009. The following are the instructions for comment:

ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to “Rescission Proposal.” To better manage the comment process, we will not accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission.

You may submit comments in one of four ways (no duplicates, please):
1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.Regulations.gov or via e-mail to proposedrescission@hhs.gov. To submit electronic comments to http://www.Regulations.gov, go to the Web site and click on the link “Comment or Submission” and enter the keywords “Rescission Proposal.”
[Attachments should be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Excel; however, we prefer Microsoft Word.]

2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Rescission Proposal Comments, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 716G, Washington, DC 20201.

3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only: Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Rescission Proposal Comments, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Room 716G, Washington, DC 20201.

4. By hand or courier. If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) before the close of the comment period to the following address: Room 716G, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20201. (Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building is not readily available to persons without federal government identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the mail drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-in clock is available for persons wishing to retain proof of filing by stamping in and retaining an extra copy of the documents being filed.)

The proposed rule doesn’t seem to be up on Regulations.gov just yet – there’s usually a bit of a lag. I’ll update when I see that it’s there.

Sometimes I’m really, really glad I took that government documents class in library school.😉

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Sheila permalink
    March 10, 2009 7:29 am

    Thank you Rachel! I’m glad you did too!

  2. sharon resnick permalink
    March 11, 2009 9:12 am

    I’m going to send this to all of my friends. Thanks.

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