Join in Taking Action to Reverse the Federal Refusal Clause
The Federal Refusal Clause is a stealth gag rule that lets HMOs, for-profit hospitals, and other health-care companies forbid their doctors from providing abortion services - or even information - to their patients. Doctors could be gagged from even referring women clients to another provider - even if the doctor thinks the patient's health is at risk.
Pro-choice champion Sen. Barbara Boxer needs your help to repeal a recently passed anti-choice law - the Federal Refusal Clause. Last year, anti-choice leaders inserted this serious restriction on the right to choose in the final hours of the session with a sneaky back-room maneuver.
Copy and paste this letter - Send it to Senator Dole and Senator Burr by clicking on the links below!
Dear Senator _________,
As your constituent, I am writing to request your support for reversing the Federal Refusal Clause.
Slipped into the federal budget at the end of the 2004, this provision allows any health-care company (including hospitals, health-insurance corporations, and HMOs) to refuse to comply with any federal, state, or local law that assures women have access to abortion services. It lets a health-care company gag its doctors, and bar them from providing abortion services - or even information - to their patients. Doctors could even be blocked from referring women clients to another doctor under this proposal even when a woman's health is at risk.
Under the Federal Refusal Clause, many women may lose access to vital reproductive health services, and in some cases may not even be told what options are available to them. Congress has voted before to oppose gag rules, based on the principle that neither politicians nor big business should interfere with doctor-patient relationships. The Federal Refusal Clause should be treated no differently.