That same day, the New York Times called the provisions:
[P]art of a flurry of regulations it is announcing before President-elect Barack Obama takes office. The new president will be able to undo the regulations, and is virtually certain to, given his previous comments on the issue. But undoing them will be a time-consuming process.Not addressed by the Times:
The measures announced on Thursday, sometimes described collectively as the "conscience rule," were issued just in time to take effect before the start of the new administration.
- The HHS regulations simply allow certain Federal or Federally funded health care professionals with moral objections to decline to perform abortions. Isn't "tolerance" of the beliefs of others part of the leftist agenda? Not for the religious faithful--especially pharmacists.
- The HHS regulation actually was mandated by long-standing statutes. (To its credit, the WaPo story mentioned that.) Thus, classing the rules as the last gasp of departing conservatives simply is wrong--the rules clarified existing rights.