Rule Shields Health Workers Who Withhold Care Based on Beliefs

Rule Shields Health Workers Who Withhold Care Based on Beliefs

The Bush administration yesterday granted sweeping new protections to health workers who refuse to provide care that violates their personal beliefs, setting off an intense battle over opponents’ plans to try to repeal the measure.

Critics began consulting with the incoming Obama administration on strategies to reverse the regulation as quickly as possible while supporters started mobilizing to fight such efforts.

The far-reaching regulation cuts off federal funding for any state or local government, hospital, health plan, clinic or other entity that does not accommodate doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other employees who refuse to participate in care they find ethically, morally or religiously objectionable. It was sought by conservative groups, abortion opponents and others to safeguard workers from being fired, disciplined or penalized in other ways.

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1 comment so far

  1. jonolan on

    Much more accurately the regulations forbids federal funds from being provided to agencies or organizations who fail to obey the following already existent federal statutes:

    – Church Amendments
    – Public Health Service Act
    – Weldon Amendment

    Does it not make sense to defund state and local organizations who are operating in contravention of the statutes, or do laws mean nothing when you don’t like them?


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