A draft regulation from the Bush Administration that is now in the Department of Health and Human Services pipeline, treats most birth-control pills and IUDs as abortion. Yes, you read that right — abortion.
If that crazy pronouncement stops you dead in your tracks, you are not alone. Millions of women and their partners are right behind you. After all, 98 percent of American women will use birth control at some point in their lives.
The rule proposed by Bush and his people says anyone who receives money under federal health programs can’t refuse to hire health care providers who object to abortion. This means that women who are poor and underinsured will be most affected.
Dozens of congressional Democrats — as well as feminists who blog and those who don’t — are furious about the proposal, which is still being hashed out.