15 November, 2008

Scorched Earth: Bush Attacks Women's Health

Bush thinks he can govern women's wombs from the grave of his presidency. Let's disabuse him of the notion:

Help stop health care providers from being able to redefine abortion to include birth control.

The Bush administration promised not to issue any new regulations after November 1. But now, it is poised to implement a rule that could allow individual health care providers to redefine abortion to include the most common forms of birth control — and then refuse to provide these basic services. A woman's ability to manage her own health care is at risk of being compromised by politics and ideology. We need you to speak out now, before the administration implements this rule.

This summer, the Bush administration tried to keep the proposed rule a secret, but with your help, we forced Secretary of Health and Human Services Mike Leavitt to make the plans public. More than 200,000 people — including more than 90,000 Planned Parenthood supporters like you, and more than 150 members of Congress — called on the Bush administration to withdraw this damaging proposal that could keep millions of people from receiving basic health information and necessary medical care.

This new rule could allow almost 600,000 health care entities that receive federal funding to redefine abortion to include the most common forms of birth control — and then refuse to provide these basic services. For any health provider to intentionally withhold information about widely embraced treatment options from a patient — for any health condition — is absolutely unconscionable under any circumstances. It’s outrageous that President Bush is using his last days in office to implement a rule that would limit the rights of patients to receive complete and accurate reproductive health information.

A woman's ability to manage her own health care is at risk of being compromised by politics and ideology if this regulation goes into effect.

The exam room is no place to play political games.

Speak out now.

We can't rely on Obama's ability to roll these rules back. Better for the country if they're never implemented at all.

Let me know if any more Bush scorched-earth policies hit your radar. He's already left the government in shambles. No use letting him set a match to it on the way out.

3 comments:

Cujo359 said...

Sixty-five days left. I wonder what will be left unbroken and unstolen when they're done.

Annie said...

I've been working on the chief cause of preventable harm and preventable deaths, Mike Leavitt, the DHHS Sec, who has his own PR agency, Ogilvy, at his beck and call, is Mormon (Prop 8, anyone?), and who uses his position to trample on physicians, nurses and patients with equal tread depth. He has his own taxpayer-paid blog in which he issues personal screeds which them become national policy. He doesn't seem to have enough commenters (hint for progs and elitist bastards).

I gets me some lurv when I blog about him and watch the Ogilvy and DHHS hits come a roarin' to my blog, doncha know, also.

Badsqwerl said...

Oh, there's plenty more in store. I just pulled up this article: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/washington/30labor.html...it seems that he's going to do as much as possible to cripple the new administration before he goes.