Right of Conscience Rule

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The Right of Conscience rule is a set of protections for healthcare workers enacted by United States President George W. Bush on December 18, 2008, allowing healthcare workers to refuse care based on their personal beliefs.[1] Specifically, the rule denied federal funding to institutions that did not allow workers to refuse care that went against their beliefs. As of March 10, 2009, the Department of Health and Human Services has proposed removing the rule under the Obama administration.[2]

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  1. ^ Stein, Rob (December 19, 2008). "Rule Shields Health Workers Who Withhold Care Based on Beliefs". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 22, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Obama administration may repeal 'right of conscience' rule".