White House Revises Bush-Era 'Conscience Clause'



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The Obama administration has revised controversial regulations intended to protect medical workers' moral and religious beliefs. First instituted by the Bush administration, the "conscience" rules permit health care workers to opt out of performing duties if they have moral objections. Opponents, however, said the rules were so broad they could be interpreted to let workers opt out of providing not just abortion, but also birth control, treatments for AIDS and HIV, and end-of-life care. The revisions announced today narrow the conditions under which doctors, nurses and pharmacists can refuse to provide services. Michele Norris speaks to NPR's Julie Rovner.

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