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Health and Human Services published President Obama‘s official proposal to rescind Bush’s “conscience rule” in the Federal Register today. Bush’s rule expanded protections for healthcare providers who are morally opposed to performing or aiding in certain procedures—-abortions, sterilizations, birth-control prescriptions, treating gays and lesbians, etc.
For the next 30 days, the public is invited to comment on Obama’s proposed rescission of the rule. Love it? Hate it? Tell the Obama administration through one of four easy ways (no faxes, n00bs). Once Health and Human Services opens comments for review, I’ll post the highlights here on the blog. And stay tuned for this week’s City Paper, where I’ll have more on the short-lived regulation.
For now, get to commentin’! Instructions are after the jump:
DATES: Submit written or electronic comment on the regulatory changes proposed by this document by April 9, 2009.
ADDRESSES: In commenting, please refer to “Rescission Proposal.” To better manage the comment process, we will not accept comments by facsimile (FAX) transmission.
You may submit comments in one of four ways (no duplicates, please):
1. Electronically. You may submit electronic comments on this regulation to http://www.Regulations.gov or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. To submit electronic comments to http://www.Regulations.gov, go to the Web site and click on the link “Comment or Submission” and enter the keywords “Rescission Proposal.” [Attachments should be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or Excel; however, we prefer Microsoft Word.]
2. By regular mail. You may mail written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only:
Office of Public Health and Science Department of Health and Human Services Attention: Rescission Proposal Comments Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 716G, Washington, DC 20201
3. By express or overnight mail. You may send written comments (one original and two copies) to the following address only:
Office of Public Health and Science Department of Health and Human Services Attention: Rescission Proposal Comments Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, SW. Room 716G, Washington, DC 20201
4. By hand or courier. If you prefer, you may deliver (by hand or courier) your written comments (one original and two copies) before the close of the comment period to the following address:
Room 716G Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, SW. Washington, DC 20201
(Because access to the interior of the Hubert H. Humphrey Building is not readily available to persons without federal government identification, commenters are encouraged to leave their comments in the mail drop slots located in the main lobby of the building. A stamp-in clock is available for persons wishing to retain proof of filing by stamping in and retaining an extra copy of the documents being filed.)