Wednesday, November 19, 2008

More Objections to HHS Regs

New York Times: Protests Over a Rule to Protect Health Providers, by Robert Pear:

A last-minute Bush administration plaDocn to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job discrimination laws.      

The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their “religious beliefs or moral convictions...”

But three officials from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission including its legal counsel, whom President Bush appointed, said the proposal would overturn 40 years of civil rights law prohibiting job discrimination based on religion.

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