Controversial HHS regulation published: no change

The Department of Health and Human Services regulation that will force employers to provide insurance coverage for surgical sterilization, contraceptives, and embryocidal drugs has been published in the US Federal Register.  Contrary to an administration statement  on 10 February, 2012, the regulation has not been changed to accommodate objecting religious believers.  The wording and legal effect of the regulation remains exactly as it was when it was announced on 20 January, 2012.  The accompanying commentary on the regulation by the Obama administration offers mainly socio-political and ecnomic reasons for it.  The commentary makes several promises about what the administration plans to do, but none of these will be effective until after the presidential election in November,  2012.

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