HHS Whittles Health Care Conscience Statute

Law360, New York (February 18, 2011, 5:57 PM EST) -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has chipped away at most of a Bush-era federal regulation that allows health workers to refuse to provide medical care they find objectionable on personal or religious grounds.

Calling the rule's scope unclear and potentially overly broad, HHS published an updated version of the controversial rule in the Federal Register Friday, though leaving in place protections for federally funded health workers' “right of conscience” not to provide abortions or sterilizations, and retaining the formal process by which such...
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