The Bush administration is planning to grant “sweeping” new protections to health care providers , who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds.
The law will prohibit hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices, drugstores and the like, that receive federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their religious beliefs or moral convictions.The rule would also allow employees in pharmacies to refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives or sell condoms.
Some state officials said the rule could void state laws that require insurance plans to cover contraceptives and require hospitals to offer emergency contraception to rape victims.Just one last gift from Bush to the crazies that supported him.
And one more Bush, presidential proclamation that the Obama transition team will have to try and reverse .
Reference: NYT on Bush here and Guardian on Obama here .