Whatever happened to Obama's "move" to rescind the "conscience clause" rule?
“Methergine is not an abortifacient and it serves multiple purposes in postpartum care,” the practitioner wrote in her complaint. “I believe the pharmacist wrongly applied the conscience protections.
Planned Parenthood officials said in the complaint that the pharmacist inquired if the patient needed the drug for post-abortion care. The nurse refused to answer the question based on confidentiality of health information.
According to Planned Parenthood, the pharmacist then stated that if the nurse practitioner did not disclose that information, she would not fill the prescription. The nurse alleged that the pharmacist hung up when asked for a referral to another pharmacy that would fill the prescription.
In 2008, Bush pushed through last-minute regulations which would allow health care workers to refuse to participate in any services which would violate their moral convictions. Planned Parenthood's complaint discusses this incident in terms of Idaho's refusal law only, not the federal reg, but it prompted me to wonder whatever happened to Bush's midnight regs.
Not much, as it turns out. Obama and HHS proposed a rescission of the rule, to much attention, in March 2009. The comment period for the rescission ended in April. And...nothing. The most recent comments posted on the federal comments site (look for docket id HHS-OPHS-2009-0001) are from Dec 2009. The only other update I could find was Our Bodies, Ourselves post saying that HHS received 1000s of comments and was wading through them, in July 2009. The original Bush reg evidently still stands, as of last week.
Does anyone know any different? (chasing down negatives is so annoyingly time-consuming). Funny how Bush was able to get the regs rammed through in no time, but Obama's still (maybe) reviewing comments. At this point, pointing out yet another Obama failure for women is almost boring. Also almost boring is pointing out yet another case in which Obama made a big liberal noise as if he were going to do something, leading many to believe he actually did do something, then fade into the sunset. I never did expect he'd do jack on the refusal rule, but after seeing the Idaho case I figured I might as well try to confirm.