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“Reversing the conscience regulation is the latest in a series of actions President Obama has taken to weaken protections for the unborn,” he said.
House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said reversing the Bush-era rule would infringe upon the rights of religious-affiliated hospitals and clinics, and would lead to more abortions.
“This is the third action taken by Washington Democrats in the past 38 days to weaken American rules that are meant to safeguard the sanctity of human life,” Mr. Boehner said. “It is an action that will hurt faith-based health providers and hospitals throughout our nation who are committed to caring for Americans at this critical time.”
Mr. Obama last month reversed the “Mexico City policy” that prohibited the federal government from funding groups that perform or promote abortions in other countries.
Capitol Hill Republicans also have complained of Democratic efforts to block pro-life amendments from being included in the $410 billion omnibus spending bill passed by the House this week.
The administration will review comments from the public before making a final decision on whether to rescind the rule, though the regulation isn’t expected to survive.
But the administration has vowed to continue to protect the rights of health care workers who refuse to participate in procedures to which they morally object.
“We recognize and understand that some providers have objections to providing abortions. We want to ensure that current law protects them,” the HHS official said. “But we do not want to impose new limitations on services that would allow providers to refuse to provide to women and their families services like family planning and contraception.”
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