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Obama admin deep-sixes reg allowing fundie health care workers to claim 'moral objection'

It’s about time this ridiculous regulation was tossed in the ash can. If you can’t dole out a prescription for contraception or see a gay patient, because you have a religious objection to homosexuality it’s time for you to look for another J-O-B.

The Health and Human Services Department eliminated nearly the entire rule put into effect by the administration of President George W. Bush during his final days in office that was widely interpreted as allowing such workers to opt out of a broad range of medical services, such as providing the emergency contraceptive Plan B, treating gay men and lesbians and prescribing birth control to single women.

Calling the Bush-era rule “unclear and potentially overbroad in scope,” the new, much narrower version essentially leaves in place only long-standing federal protections for workers who object to performing abortions or sterilizations. It also retains the Bush rule’s formal process for workers to file complaints.

“The department supports clear and strong conscience protections for health-care providers who are opposed to performing abortions,” the rule states.

The new regulation, which goes into effect in 30 days, also ensures that no federal money can be used to “support coercive or discriminatory policies or practices in violation of federal law.”

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