Obama Administration to Rescind Bush's 'Conscience' Regulation
By Rob Stein
The Obama administration has begun the process of rescinding sweeping new federal protections that were granted in December to health care workers who refuse to provide care that violates their personal, moral or religious beliefs.
The Office of Management and Budget announced this morning that it was reviewing a proposal to lift the controversial "conscience" regulation, the first step toward reversing the policy. Once the OMB has reviewed the proposal it will published in Federal Register for a 30-day public comment period.
"We are proposing rescinding the Bush rule," said an official of the Health and Human Services Department, which drafted the rule change.
Posted at 11:09 AM ET on Feb 27, 2009
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