Obama to Rescind Bush Abortion Rule
Doctor Sergio Munoz, who is also spokesperson for an association of Spanish abortion clinics speaks during an interview with the Associated Press in an abortion clinic, in Madrid, Thursday Feb. 19, 2009. (AP Photo/Paul White)
Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar / AP
March 01, 2009
The Obama administration supports the underlying federal laws that protect conscience rights, said the HHS official.
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But the 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 simply repealing the regulation to writing a new one with a narrower scope.
The administration’s move was first reported by The Los Angeles Times.
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