Because this is a federal rule, it supersedes state laws that, for example, require that rape victims treated in hospital emergency rooms are offered the option of taking emergency contraceptives to prevent pregnancy. Richards says “under this rule we believe that in fact now women who are the victim of sexual assault either would not be guaranteed either information or health care access to emergency contraception.”
In the past, if a medical provider was unwilling to perform a procedure or prescription, they had to tell patients that and refer them to someone who was willing to provide the service. But under the new regulations, these referrals will not be required.
Apparently Obama opposes the new ruling. To revoke it quickly, “the new Congress will have 75 legislative days to pass a ‘motion of disapproval’. All it takes is a simple majority of votes by the House and Senate, and the motion is not subject to delaying tactics in the Senate.”
Nice parting shot by Bush. Rick Warren will be pleased.