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Abortion Proposal Sets Condition on Aid

WASHINGTON — The Bush administration wants to require all recipients of aid under federal health programs to certify that they will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control. […]

In the proposal, obtained by The New York Times, the administration says it could cut off federal aid to individuals or entities that discriminate against people who object to abortion on the basis of “religious beliefs or moral convictions.”

The proposal defines abortion as follows: “any of the various procedures — including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action — that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.”

Of course, people who are opposed to birth control* want this so that they don’t have to provide emergency contraception or the pill. Why do I have the feeling we’re going to skip the pesky little step of actually demonstrating that EC and the pill prevent implantation, and just assume for the sake of this regulation that they do?

Nobody has ever accused this administration of making decisions based on evidence.

* I know people who are generally pro-birth-control but are wary of certain methods because of the perception that they prevent implantation. I also know that they’re not the ones driving this bus.