Oppose the Bush Administration’s Attack on Birth Control

The Bush administration is proposing a new regulation that could discourage doctors and health-care clinics from providing birth control to women who need it. This proposed regulation deliberately confuses the definitions of contraception and abortion.

  • This regulation could undermine good state laws that require hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape survivors and ensure that pharmacies fill women’s prescriptions for birth control.
  • The proposal could allow health-care corporations (hospitals, HMOs, and health plans) to refuse to provide services or make referrals for birth control.
  • The proposed regulation could affect Medicaid and the Title X family-planning program. For instance, staff at clinics or health-care plans that contract for Medicaid services could refuse to provide contraception.

This proposal is an example of the Bush administration stretching existing federal laws beyond their original intent and further injecting politics into health-care services.

Tell your members of Congress that you support their efforts to get the Bush administration to reconsider this terrible idea.

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Dear [Decision maker],

I'm writing to express my opposition to a proposed new Health and Human Services regulation that could discourage doctors and health-care clinics from providing contraception to women who need it.

Federal law already allows doctors and even health-care corporations (hospitals, HMOs, and health plans) to refuse to provide services or make referrals for abortion. The new rule, which deliberately confuses the definitions of contraception and abortion, would cause disarray in law, regulations, and policy, and make it more difficult for women to obtain birth control.

I know it's an uphill battle, but I encourage you to do everything you can to try and convince the Bush administration to change course on the regulation.

Sincerely,

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
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