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Bush Order Presents Challenging Wrinkle for Tennessee Health Care Providers

December 22, 2008

Nashville, TN – With only weeks to go in office, President Bush has issued an order that affects information patients receive when they visit a federally-funded health care provider. Under the new order, medical staff can withhold information about abortion, birth control, and sex education when they have a moral objection to it.

According to Jeff Teague, director of Planned Parenthood of Middle and East Tennessee, this will hit low income Tennessee women hard - especially now, when so many are already in crisis as a result of the bad economy.

"We can see increased numbers of sexually-transmitted infections, increased numbers of HIV infections, increased numbers of unintended pregnancies."

Teague believes the so-called "conscience rule" has little to do with women's health and is more of a power grab to deny access to some of the more controversial aspects of reproductive health care.

"This putting a political agenda ahead of the needs of patients, and it really hinders the quality of care that patients are going to be able to receive."

Teague says that even with a new administration coming in, it will take more than a simple signature to reverse the Executive Order. The White House says the rule protects workers who refuse to participate in providing birth control or other care they don't support.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - TN