Last minute Bush Administration rule permits health care workers to deny services

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

In its final weeks the Bush Administration has issued a federal rule that allows health care workers to refuse to participate in any procedure they find morally objectionable. Doctors and nurses have had the right to opt-out of providing abortions for decades, but this new rule is much broader. Slate's senior legal correspondent, Dahlia Lithwick, gives The Takeaway the rundown.
"A doctor who objects to abortion need not tell a patient that he's seen something on her scan that suggests there is a problem with a fetus."
— Dahlia Lithwick on new healthcare regulations


Dahlia Lithwick


Nadia Zonis

Comments [1]


I am a Bioethics educator. In one of my classes we covered issues of conscience in medicine. I'm glad that you are publicizing this challenging issue. I hope that you will revisit it from time to time because so much goes unnoticed to the general public and it must be monitored on a regular basis.

I forwarded your site to my classes.

Dec. 23 2008 09:59 AM

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