Jan 11, 2009
The Bush administration last month announced a new regulation protecting health-care providers who refuse to perform abortions or other medical procedures that violate their conscience.
Pro-choice groups have cried foul, arguing that the last-minute regulation is a politically motivated attack on a woman’s right to choose and will restrict women’s access to abortion and contraceptives. The incoming Obama administration has signaled it wants to repeal the rule.
That would be a mistake. Lost in the pro- and anti-abortion debate is the fact that this regulation allows a health-care provider to opt out of a procedure for one, and only one, reason – that the procedure would violate their conscience.