Here is the statement issued by the Department of Health and Human Services announcing the new conscience regulations:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 18, 2011
Contact: HHS Press Office
Statement from the Department of Health and Human Services on the Regulation for the Enforcement of Federal Health Care Conscience Protections
The administration strongly supports provider conscience laws that protect and support the rights of health care providers, and also recognizes and supports the rights of patients. Strong conscience laws make it clear that health care providers cannot be compelled to perform or assist in an abortion. Many of these strong conscience laws have been in existence for more than 30 years. The rule being issued today builds on these laws by providing a clear enforcement process.