Bush employee protection for health care workers to stay in effect.

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Bush employee protection for health care workers to stay in effect.

Post  JoeC (McGruff) on Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:58 pm

Despite some earlier claims that the Obama administration may implement a substantial roll-back of the "conscious rule" for health care workers, recent comments by the President suggest a more limited retreat from the recent Bush expansion of the right to refuse to perform procedures workers object to. As even the earlier reports noted may be the case, Obama appears to be heading for a move to keep a conscious objection for abortion and some other services--which had existed for a while--but roll-back a Bush rule that drastically expanded the objection to all violations of an employee's "personal, moral or religious beliefs."

Speaking to eight religion reporters at the White House before his first meeting with Pope Benedict XVI next Friday, Obama sought to reassure Catholic health-care workers that they would not be forced to perform abortions and other procedures that violate the Church's teachings. Obama said he is a "believer in conscience clauses" and supports a new policy that would "certainly not be weaker" than the rules in place before the expansion late in President George W. Bush's administration.
Jacqueline L. Salmon
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, July 3, 2009


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