Bush's Attack on Women’s Health Is Bad Medicine
On August 22, 2008, the Bush administration proposed a regulation to allow providers to withhold critical health care information.
The proposed regulation jeopardizes a patient’s right to know her options. This rule would completely disrupt the nation’s health care delivery system at a time when more and more families are uninsured and under economic assault. Here’s why:
- The HHS proposed regulation is intentionally vague. By leaving the term “abortion” undefined, the regulation creates a dangerous space for ideology and political views to be inserted into medical practices, emergency rooms, and clinics all across the country, and when that happens, women suffer.
- The proposed regulation complicates the law instead of clarifying the law. The new regulation lets health care providers define abortion, which could threaten broader reproductive health care, including contraception.
- The fact that HHS took out the definition of abortion that was included in an earlier draft is a red herring because this proposed regulation — even more than the previous leaked version — leaves health care services and information open to personal interpretation and political agendas.
- This rule will allow anti-choice extremists to receive federal funds for so-called "crisis pregnancy centers" — anti-choice facilities whose purpose is to deceive and dissuade women from accessing birth control and abortion information and services.
This is just one more example of how the Bush administration puts politics in the exam room. Planned Parenthood will not stand by and watch the Bush administration deny quality, affordable health care and accurate information to women, and you can help us take action.
Now that the new rule has been issued officially, we need you to speak out during the official 30-day comment period before the rule can go into effect. Please submit a comment to the Department of Health and Human Services before the official comment period ends on September 25.
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Press Statements & News Releases
Already, the public has reacted strongly in opposition to a previous similar draft HHS rule. Members from professional community groups across the country drafted letters urging HHS Secretary Leavitt to reject that rule. These groups include
Members of Congress
Newspapers across the country also ran editorials and columns speaking out against the previous draft rule.
- ABC News.com, Women's Health Debate Reaches Boiling Point
- Ashbury Park Press, Plan redefines birth control as form of abortion
- Associated Press, HHS: Doctors can refuse to provide abortions
- Boston Globe, A new attack on birth control
- Chicago Sun-Times, Stealth attack on women's rights exposed
- Florida Today, Rights at risk: Shelve arrogant White House push to redefine birth control as abortion
- Hartford Courant editorial: Put Patients First
- The Hill.com, Clinton, Murray slam Bush official on abortion proposal
- The Houston Chronicle, Redefining Abortion
- Minneapolis Star Tribune, Playing politics with women's health care
- The Oregonian, An Affront to Women and Families
- Roanoke Times, Don't let Bush restrict access to birth control
- RH Reality Check, Planned Parenthood, MoveOn Deliver 325,000 Signatures to HHS to Preserve Contraception Access
- San Jose Mercury News, Editorial: Defeat Bush's last stand against abortion
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Birth Control: They’re at it again
- Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Family Planning: Striking Plan
- Seattle Times, An anti-abortion ploy
- Waco Tribune-Herald, Shell game on women's health
- Wall Street Journal, Rules Let Health Workers Deny Abortions
- Washington Post, Birth Control Fears Addressed
- Washington Post, Protections Set for Antiabortion Health Workers