This proposed HHS regulation titled Ensuring that Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices In Violation of Federal Law is being sold as protecting healthcare worker rights when it really allows healthcare workers to deny patients and customers (in the case of pharmacies) their legal rights to services and their legal right to have all the relevant information they need to make informed decisions. The result is that healthcare workers will be given the green light to discriminate, but they can't be held responsible for their discriminatory practices.
This regulation is discrimination which is being packaged as anti-discrimination. Abortion isn't defined which means that if an ER doctor feels that emergency contraceptives are abortions that person could deny those who have been raped a prescription and even refuse to inform a rape victim that there are ECs which could help prevent pregancy.
I suspect that many of those who would deny information or services to women will be asking invasive questions in order to decide whether a particular woman deserves those services. If a woman who was raped goes to a pharmacy for an EC that woman shouldn't have to disclose her rape or worse describe it in detail so that the pharmicist can decide whether this woman is a real rape victim who is deemed worthy of being given ECs under his or her belief system.
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