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TAKE ACTION BY APRIL 9: Overturn Bush’s Rule Blocking Access to Contraceptives And Other Health Care Services

On March 6, 2009, the Obama administration announced that it will move to “rescind a controversial rule — adopted in final hours of the Bush administration — that allows health-care workers to deny abortion counseling or other family-planning services if doing so would violate their moral beliefs.”

During the comment period, health care professionals argued that the regulation could “effectively allow health care providers’ personal beliefs to override patients’ right to full disclosure of accurate information” and hundreds of thousands of concerned citizens saw the rule as a backdoor effort to restrict access to contraceptives.

In fact, the regulation allows doctors, nurses and virtually anyone else in the health care system to withhold relevant information from patients and deny access to sterilization contraception, fertility treatments, end of life care, and a host of other health care services

When Bush adopted the rule, he ignored the 200,000 comments that had been submitted in opposition to his proposal. Now, as the Obama administration prepares to rescind the rule, the public has another opportunity to voice its opposition to Bush’s overreaching regulation.Submit electronic comments by clicking here or emailing proposedrescission@hhs.gov by April 9, 2009.

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