Friday, February 27, 2009

Breaking: Obama to Remove Anti-Discrimination Protections for Pro-Life Doctors

Per the LA Times - Pres. Obama will move to rescind the HHS regulation protecting medical professionals and institutions from discrimination on the basis that they do not perform, assist in or refer for abortions. No notice of rulemaking has been filed yet, but more updates will be provided when it is issued.

The regulations at issue, codified at 45 CFR Part 88, were enacted by the Bush Administration in response to recent evidence that federal grantees were unaware of or not complying with decades of federal laws protecting the rights of conscience of medical professionals. You can read more about the regulations here.

The Center currently represents the Christian Medical Association, Catholic Medical Association, and American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists as intervenors defending the regulations in three lawsuits brought in federal district court in Connecticut. You can read more about the lawsuits here.