Health Care Rights For Refusal

Pastor Howard Batson
Pastor Howard Batson
Claudia Stravato, Planned Parenthood
Claudia Stravato, Planned Parenthood

A new rule that would allow medical professionals to deny care over moral beliefs is causing concern by local health care professionals and pastors.

The U.S. Health and Human Services Department regulation, still in draft form, would define abortion as including certain methods of contraception and would prohibit states and other recipients of federal funds from penalizing health care workers who refused to provide those services because of religious or moral beliefs.

The regulation that is causing controversy. Some are calling it an attack on women, while others say a rule that needs to be made.

Pastor Howard Batson says regulations need to be made to protect health care workers and institutions. "I think it's wrong to force a physician a pharmacist assistant to participate in a procedure that would violate his or her moral barrings," Batson said.

In 30-days, it may be a new law put in place right before election time. Director, Claudia Stravato with Planned Parenthood says Texas currently has laws that exercise a medical  professionals right to exercise their conscious.  "It is another attempt by the Bush administration to politicize a women's body. It's unacceptable, " Stravato explains.

Pastor Batson say's it unfair for health care professional to choose between their job and moral convictions. "Physicians feel just because it's legal they have an obligation to perform that act or procedure. And hopefully that law would clear things up," he said.

Clearing things up is exactly what, Stravato says the regulation will not do. "Texas has laws that deal with it. The federal government has laws and they simple smearing it around trying to make sure that women who want birth control won't have access and won't get it, " she explained.

To voice your opinion on the regulation. You can contact the U.S. Health Department at:

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20201
Telephone: 202-619-0257
Toll Free: 1-877-696-6775