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Redefining abortion: Federal officials considering a rule allowing health care workers to refuse to provide contraceptives | Editorial | Chron.com - Houston Chronicle

The Bush administration has consistently opposed providing funding for international birth control programs, but until now has not tried to limit the use of contraceptives inside the United States.

That could change in the president's final months in office. Health and Human Services officials are considering a draft regulation that would classify most birth control pills, the Plan B emergency contraceptive and intrauterine devices as forms of abortion because they prevent the development of fertilized eggs into fetuses.

The rule, which does not require congressional approval, would allow health care workers who object to abortion on moral or religious grounds to refuse to counsel women on their birth control options or supply contraceptives. It would forbid more than half a million health agencies nationwide that receive federal funds from requiring employees to provide such services. Pharmacists could use the rule as a justification for refusing to fill birth control prescriptions, and insurance companies could cite it as a basis for declining to cover the costs.

First off, I'm aware that many of our readers are against abortion. This isn't about that. Anyone in their right mind can see that this action will only result in more abortions, especially among the poor. Not to mention it could affect many of you readers directly if your pharmacist or insurance company decides to suddenly stop providing or covering birth control. I have no idea why the Bush administration is considering this but I do know that it will have huge ramifications if passed. You can sign a petition to the secretary of Health and Human Services here or you can contact your representative and express your concern.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled geekery.

posted by brendoman | 08/13/08| 04:39:34 pm| In the News, Rants and Raves|


5 comments

Comment from: Brendon [Visitor] · http://www.techfreak.net

Here’s one reason: it’s because they’re pandering to folks that vehemently oppose sex outside/before marriage, and many see the pill, etc, as enabling it. Sexual repression > logic


08/13/08 @ 17:47
Comment from: brendoman@gmail.com [Visitor] · http://brendoman.com

I totally agree but this also affects married people. I know plenty of married women who are in the pill. If this passes, they could be denied the pill by a pharmacist or insurance company who believes they are the same as an abortion and believe me, those people are out there. This is an example of the slippery slope w are sliding down when laws like this start getting passed.


08/13/08 @ 19:07
Comment from: Brendon [Visitor] · http://www.techfreak.net

Oh yeah, I’m totally aware there would be “collateral damage” as well. It sucks all around.

Not to mention, there are women that take medications such as these more for pain relief than birth control.

It’s ridiculous, no matter how you slice it.


08/13/08 @ 20:30
Comment from: Henry [Visitor] · http://hundiejo.com

I’m one of those staunch anti-abortion people here and I don’t like this one bit.


08/14/08 @ 07:41
Comment from: Kirby [Visitor]

I saw a bumper sticker a couple of weeks ago that blew me away. “Vasectomy prevents abortion.”


08/16/08 @ 10:28