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Friday, February 27, 2009

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Obama Administration Takes First Step Toward Rescinding HHS Rule

The National Abortion Federation commends President Obama for taking the necessary first steps to rescind a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) rule related to reproductive health care that was passed in the final days of the Bush Administration.

"This regulation undermines women's access to complete, accurate information and comprehensive reproductive health care services," said Vicki Saporta, President and CEO of the National Abortion Federation. "We are pleased that President Obama has taken this first step to ensuring every woman has access to the unbiased, medically accurate information she needs when seeking health care."

Today, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) announced it was reviewing a proposal to lift this controversial regulation. When it was proposed last year, this regulation generated hundreds of thousands of comments, including public opposition from leaders in Congress, governors, medical organizations, patient advocates, faith-based groups and even members of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

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The National Abortion Federation (NAF) is the professional association of abortion providers in the United States and Canada. Our mission is to ensure safe, legal, and accessible abortion care to promote health and justice for women. Our members include health care professionals at clinics, doctors' offices, and hospitals, who together care for more than half the women in both countries who choose abortion each year. For more information, visit our website at www.prochoice.org.

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