Raising Women’s Voices

National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) and ACLU Ask Court To Block Health Care Denial Rule

Posted in Uncategorized by raisingwomensvoices on January 15, 2009

The Health Care Denial Rule permits health care workers and facilities to refuse to provide services, information, and counseling, threatening patients access to  reproductive and other health care services.  The rule also does not require those who refuse to provide care to notify their employers or their patients of their objections. Just over a month after its announcement on December 19, 2008, the rule is scheduled to go into effect on January 20, 2009.
NFPRHA President & CEO, Mary Jane Gallagher said, “This rule threatens access to contraception and leaves patients with few protections, especially low-income and uninsured women who rely on federally funded health centers for care.” The HHS has received over 200,000 comments during a 30 day comment period, a great majority of which oppose the rule.

Other groups that have filed legal suits in response to the rule include the Connecticut Attorney General’s Office and Planned Parenthood Federation of America with Planned Parenthood of Connecticut.  “We filed this lawsuit today on behalf of the millions of women whose health care has been put in jeopardy by the Bush administration’s parting shot at women’s health.  As a critical provider of health care information and services for women, Planned Parenthood cannot simply stand back and let this harmful regulation go into effect, ” said PPFA President Cecile Richards.

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