The Bush administration is on the verge of finalizing a controversial regulation that would just muddy employment law in the hopes of discouraging women from exercising their freedom of reproductive health.
"It's unconscionable that the Bush administration, while promising a smooth transition, would take a final opportunity to politicize women's health." The regulations will hit low-income women seeking reproductive health care the worst, allowing pharmacists to refuse birth control to Medicaid recipients and literally undo state laws that require hospitals to dispense [emergency contraception to rape survivors. |Image and text from Feministing|
What's surprising about this proposed regulation, is that even Bushies oppose it.
The protest from the [federal EEOC] commission comes on the heels of other objections to the rule by doctors, pharmacists, hospitals, state attorneys general and political leaders, including President-elect Barack Obama.
Mr. Obama has said the proposal will raise new hurdles to women seeking reproductive health services, like abortion and some contraceptives. Michael O. Leavitt, the health and human services secretary, said that was not the purpose.
Officials at the Health and Human Services Department said they intended to issue a final version of the rule within days. Aides and advisers to Mr. Obama said he would try to rescind it, a process that could take three to six months. |NYT|
I'm not surprised at this final (largely futile) gesture from the Bush administration. I wouldn't be surprised if Bush tried to get the Secret Service to burn the White House down before he left office...