Critics question the Bush Administration’s new rule issue for health providers.
Wired PR News.com – A new federal rule for health care providers has been deemed objectionable to some who claim it hinders patients’ ability to receive adequate health care. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), the new rule, released on Thursday, provides protection for doctors and medical care providers that allows them to refuse to assist with abortions and other treatments due to moral or religious objections.
Those critical of the measure say that such protections are too broad and are aimed at attacking women’s rights to abortions, birth control, and other controversial health care services.
Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights is quoted in the AP report as stating in regards to the rule, “In just a matter of months, the Bush administration has undone three decades of federal protections for both medical professionals and their patients… It replaced them with a policy that seriously risks the health of millions of women, then tried to pass it off as benevolent.”