The New York Times published an article yesterday, “Abortion proposal sets condition on aid,” which I thought sounded promising. Loved the definition of abortion!
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The Bush administration wants to require all recipients of aid under federal health programs to certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control….
Such certification would also be required of state and local governments, forbidden to discriminate, in areas like grant-making, against hospitals and other institutions that have policies against providing abortion….
The proposal defines abortion as follows: “any of the various procedures – including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action – that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.”

Indeed, among other things the proposal expresses concern about state laws that require hospitals to provide emergency contraception to rape victims who request it.

I called a source at the Department of Health & Human Services, which wrote this rule (currently in the preliminary stages), to fill in details.
As the article stated, this was only distributed throughout DHHS Monday for comment and leaked to become the topic of a NYT story by Tuesday by someone(s) clearly “doing everything they can to kill it,” said my source.
This rule would provide sweeping conscience protection to medical workers, hospitals, and even pharmacies that do not want to participate in abortion or distribute the morning after pill. Indeed, some state governments have been enacting laws or executive orders mandating that hospitals and pharmacies prescribe the MAP.
Furthermore, it appears family planning clinics and even abortion mills receiving federal funds would not be able to discriminate against hiring pro-lifers, which could become verrry interesting.
And, of course, health care professionals could not be forced to participate in abortion or contraception distribution against their conscience.
So here was how NARAL spinned (spun?) the rule in a mass email (click to enlarge):
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