November 20, 2008

A word from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America on Bush

This is it. The Bush administration is poised to issue a
last-minute regulation that will impose harsh new restrictions
on women’s access to reproductive health care any moment now.
Will you help stop them? Click here.

The new rule is Bush’s parting gift to the anti-choice
extremists who have supported him for the last eight years. The
rule could allow health care organizations that receive federal
funding to redefine abortion to include the most common forms of
birth control — and then refuse to provide these basic
services. For any health care provider to intentionally withhold
information about widely embraced health care options from a
patient is absolutely unconscionable under any circumstances.
The federal government has no business funding providers who do
not abide by this most fundamental standard of care.

But that’s exactly what the Bush administration is proposing.
More than 35,000 Planned Parenthood supporters have already
signed our petition demanding that the Bush administration
withdraw the proposed regulation. And just moments ago, Sen.
Hillary Clinton and Sen. Patty Murray joined the uproar over the
proposed rule. Sen. Clinton said,

“In the final days of his administration, the president is again
putting ideology first and attempting to roll back health care
protections for women and families. This HHS rule will threaten
patients’ rights, stand in the way of health care professionals,
and restrict access to critical health care services for those
who need them most. Senator Murray and I are standing up once
again to the administration against this rule and will continue
to fight for women’s reproductive rights.”

It’s so important to have prominent allies like Sen. Clinton and
Sen. Murray speaking out, but we also need to continue to raise
the voices of citizens everywhere. Join them in speaking out
now. Click here.

The Bush administration promised not to release any new
regulations after November 1. Sneaking this regulation through
at the last minute could have a devastating effect on countless
individuals who rely on their health care providers to provide
complete and accurate reproductive health information. Tell the
Bush administration: Keep your word. Stop the attack on women’s

With the economy in such bad shape, more and more people are
being locked out from receiving complete medical care. This is
the worst possible time to undermine patients’ ability to access
the comprehensive health care they so desperately need. This
proposed rule would force women and families who already have
limited health care access to pay a dreadful price for the
administration’s anti-choice ideology. Please, tell President
Bush: Keep your word. Stop the attack on women’s health.
Click here.

Thank you so much for your help today on behalf of the millions
of women, men, and teens served by more than 880 Planned
Parenthood affiliate health centers all across the country.


Cecile Richards, President
Planned Parenthood Federation of America