Tuesday, September 9, 2008


Graffiti billboard photo by Jill Posener
(Graffiti billboard photo by Jill Posener.)

On July 23, I posted at Group News Blog about a proposed change to Department of Health and Human Services regulations which would allow the re-definition of contraception as "abortion" and the subsequent denial of contraceptive services on religious grounds. A month later, despite action by Senator Hillary Clinton, the ACLU's Reproductive Freedom Project, and others, those suggested changes were made into formal proposals.

According to the ACLU, "The rule leaves open the possibility that -- based on religious beliefs -- institutions and individuals can deny women access to birth control. It also permits individuals to refuse to provide information and counseling about basic heath care services. And it expands existing laws by permitting a wider range of health care professionals to refuse to provide even referrals for abortions.

"The public comment period on these insidious regulations is open until September 25. Help generate a massive outcry."

Click on the link below to submit a form with your objection. The response thus far is very encouraging. And please help spread the word.

Protect Birth Control


kat said...

Thanks for the update, Maggie.
I had lost track of the status of the proposed changes and protests.

Liza Cowan said...

Did it. Thanks for the heads up.

Ojibway Migisi Bineshii said...

Thank you for posting this! I will definitely spread the word!

Maggie Jochild said...

Thanks, ya'll. I surely needed to know some people appreciated the reminder, as did I when I got the e-mail from the ACLU. (We love you, Nancy Goldstein!)

I also want to say to everyone else, Ojibway Migisi Bineshii writes GREAT stuff for two GREAT blogs I've been reading the past year, at her own Ojibway Migisi Bineshii and as part of the team at The Indigenist Intelligence Review -- check 'em out.