From the American Constitution Society’s blog today:
The Obama administration is planning to rescind an executive order allowing health care providers to deny services that offend their religious beliefs. The Chicago Tribune reports that the Obama administration will make the announcement today. The so-called”conscience rule,”was ordered late in the Bush administration’s term, prodded by religious lobbying groups. That rule, according to the Bush administration Health and Human Services Secretary, is needed to protect scores of health care providers from dispensing services, such as counseling on abortion, which might offend their religious proclivities. The rule greatly expanded federal law that allows health-care workers to refuse, citing religious reasons, to provide abortions.
– David S. Cohen