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Official: Obama to Reverse Bush Abortion Regulation

Discussion in 'Political Zone' started by Cajuncowboy, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/fir...icial-obama-reverse-bush-abortion-regulation/

    Official: Obama to Reverse Bush Abortion Regulation

    The Bush administration instituted a rule in its last days that strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse for moral reasons to perform abortions.

    AP

    Friday, February 27, 2009


    President Obama wants to rescind a Bush administration rule that strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse for moral reasons to perform abortions.

    A Health and Human Services official said Friday the administration will publish notice of its intentions early next week, opening a 30-day comment period for advocates, medical groups and the public. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the notice has not been completed.

    The Bush administration instituted the rule in its last days, and it was quickly challenged in federal court by several states and medical organizations. As a candidate, Obama criticized the regulation and campaign aides promised that if elected, he would review it.

    The news that he was doing so drew praise from abortion-rights supporters and condemnation from groups opposed to abortion.

    "It would be a horrible move. These regulations were a long time coming," said Tom McClusky, a vice president at Family Research Council. "What they seek to do is protect patients, nurses, doctors and other health care professionals from being forced to violate their consciences."

    McClusky and other abortion opponents said the Bush regulation clarified federal policies and raised awareness about the rights of medical providers to follow their consciences. But abortion rights advocates said it was vague and overly broad, and could reduce access to other services -- allowing a drug store clerk to refuse to sell birth control pills, for example.

    "I think it's a wonderful step," Rep. Diana DeGette, D-Colo., who co-chairs the Congressional Pro-choice Caucus and has introduced legislation to overturn the regulation, said of Obama's move.

    "That rule was actually a poorly drafted last-minute attempt to, I think, restrict health care access and I think it would have had far-reaching and unintended consequences."

    Federal law has long forbidden discrimination against health care professionals who refuse to perform abortions or provide referrals for them on religious or moral grounds. The Obama administration supports those laws, said the HHS official.

    The Bush administration's rule adds a requirement that institutions that get federal money certify their compliance with laws protecting the rights of moral objectors. It was intended to block the flow of federal funds to hospitals and other institutions that ignore those rights.

    But the Obama administration was concerned that the Bush regulation could also be used to refuse birth control, family planning services and counseling for vaccines and transfusions.

    "The administration supports a tightly written conscience clause," said the HHS official. "While we are concerned about the Bush rule, we also understand there might be a need to clarify existing laws."

    The administration will review comments from the public before making a final decision. Options range from repealing the regulation to writing a new one with a narrower scope.

    The administration's move was first reported by the Los Angeles Times.
  2. adamc91115

    adamc91115 New Member

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    Does this guy get off from seeing babies killed, or what?
  3. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    This guy is pedal to the metal flat out screaming to the left as hard as he can go.

    I really fear we may never recover from what this fool is going to do to this country.
  4. BigWillie

    BigWillie Well-Known Member

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    :laugh2:

    You know better than that.
  5. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    If (big if) this was their only issue and the bill could be more tightly written to correct this, I'd be for it. But at face value, the intention of the bill to allow health care professionals to at least be legally allowed to refuse to perform abortions, I think, made complete sense.
  6. DFWJC

    DFWJC Well-Known Member Zone Supporter

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    He is almost a centrist compared to Pelosi. That women is beyond extreme....almost the left's version of the KKK.
  7. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    Well, like the article said, the Obama administration supports federal laws that gives protection to moral objectors. I don't think your "if" is a big one at all. As reported, it does seem like the scope of the law should be narrowed though.
  8. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    And third in line to the Presidency. That's scary, even to me.
  9. Hoofbite

    Hoofbite Well-Known Member

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    So Obama supports those who REFUSE to perform abortions based on moral or religious grounds and the anti-abortion crowd has a problem with it?

    Is that what is going on here?
  10. adamc91115

    adamc91115 New Member

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    Actions speak louder than words...

    And his actions show nothing other than someone who is hardcore pro-abortion.
  11. Cajuncowboy

    Cajuncowboy Preacher From The Black Lagoon

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    No, if Obama truly supported this he would leave the law alone. Why do you think the planned parenthood crowd is all giddy over this?
  12. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    He can support that spirit of the law without agreeing with it in full. The birth control concerns noted in the article are valid, and a reworking of the law could alleviate some of those concerns.
  13. ninja

    ninja Numbnuts

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    Obama is pro-abortion. Hint-hint: all his policies will be pro-abortion. The people who voted for him ALL knew this. It was common knowledge. Those who voted for Obama must share some of the guilt for the innocent slaughter of babies, imo. You voted for him, you deal with the guilt.
  14. Doomsday

    Doomsday Rising Star

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    So basically women have the right to choice, but doctors dont have the right to stand by their beliefs? I dont get it.
  15. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    That's not what it says at all.
  16. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    The law requires that hospitals and the like certify that there is no problem. Whats wrong with that? And that is BS about being vague. It seems pretty clear to me.
  17. masomenos

    masomenos Less is more

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    I don't think that there is any problem in that regard. I haven't read the text of what Bush signed (which is why I said, "as reported"), but it does seem like the current law is too broad. I believe that medical professionals have every right to refuse to perform an abortion, assuming the mother's life isn't at risk. However, I don't believe that a pharm. tech at Walgreen's should have the right to refuse to sell birth control or the morning after pill. It would be like hiring a Hindu kid at McDonalds and having him refuse to sell you beef products.

    Id the current law is broad enough to include the pharmacy scenario, then it should be narrowed down. If not, then I have no problem.
  18. burmafrd

    burmafrd Well-Known Member

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    Let the courts interpret it- that is what they are SUPPOSED to do. That bit abaout Birth Control is really reaching. It is about ABORTION, not birth control. That is the kind of red herring that some used to try and confuse others.

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