Aug. 8, 2008
The pro-abortion industry has pounced on a leaked copy of conscience regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services claiming that the Administration is trying to redefine contraceptives as abortion. Not pointing out that major pro-abortion groups, including medical groups, are trying to force medical personnel to perform or promote abortion--not contraceptives-- criticism of the leaked regulations have been picked up by the press. Secretary Michael Leavitt posted a blog yesterday rebutting this claim saying:
An early draft of the regulations found its way into public circulation before it had reached my review. It contained words that lead some to conclude my intent is to deal with the subject of contraceptives, somehow defining them as abortion. Not true.
The Bush Administration has consistently supported the unborn. However, the issue I asked to be addressed in this regulation is not abortion or contraceptives, but the legal right medical practitioners have to practice according to their conscience and patients should be able to choose a doctor who has beliefs like his or hers.