Read Our Comments Opposing Radical Expansion of “Conscience-Based” Exceptions to Evidence-Based Healthcare

In January, the Trump administration proposed a new rule that would seriously compromise access to evidence-based healthcare and medicine for women by broadly expanding “conscience-based” objections to providing it.

The new rule would affect as many as 745,000 hospitals, doctors’ offices, pharmacies, ambulance services, and nonprofits, and cost approximately $312.3 million in the first year alone to implement.

While the rule targets access to safe legal abortion–the word “abortion” appears in the document 155 times–it endangers women’s access to evidence-based healthcare in many ways beyond abortion. It radically departs from HHS’ mission to combat discrimination, protect patient access to care, and eliminate health disparities.

As a member of The Alliance: State Advocates of Women’s Rights & Gender Equality, we submitted formal comments to HHS regarding the proposed rule. The Alliance is a coalition of state-based public interest legal organizations focused on women’s rights including The California Women’s Law Center, The Southwest Women’s Law Center, Gender Justice, and Legal Voice.

The 21-page document itemizes the specific ways this proposed rule will harm women, LGBTQ communities, low-income women, immigrants, people with disabilities, Black women, and women of color.

Read our comments here.

The Women’s Law Project is a public interest law center in Pennsylvania devoted to advancing the rights of women and girls.

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