I heard this on NPR earlier this week while on the road and felt I must address the issue. As a Board member of Planned Parenthood Advocates this is disturbing. The Bush administration is pushing a rule which reverses a requirement that physicians who refuse to do procedures because of religious grounds must refer their patients elsewhere. They want to eliminate this and it could cost women's lives.
Poor women especially have few healthcare options. If you are in an HMO or PPO plan and you must have a doctor's referral, this rule change would prevent you from getting that referral. If a woman is having a difficult or potentially fatal complication and she seeks medical treatment her doctor may, under this proposal, not only refuse to treat her but refuse to provide a referral to another doctor. This supposedly "pro life" position will actually kill some woman and their unborn.