Regulations restrict providers' ability to offer info on abortions

Regulations restrict providers' ability to offer info on abortions

(HealthDay)—Proposed regulations restrict providers' ability to deliver unbiased patient care for individuals wanting to know about or undergo abortion, according to a perspective piece published online July 18 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Janet M. Bronstein, Ph.D., from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, discusses the proposed new regulations from the Department of Health and Human Services for the Title X Family Planning Program, which will alter the mix of and range of services offered to support the reproductive health and childbearing decisions of low-income individuals in the United States.

Bronstein notes that the proposed regulations alter the rules for referrals when clients seen for are found to be pregnant, permitting, but not requiring, physicians to provide nondirective counseling that can include a discussion of pregnancy termination. For pregnant clients who have decided to have an , physicians may provide a list of comprehensive prenatal care providers; the list cannot indicate which of these provide abortions. In addition, the proposed regulations mandate physical and financial separation between the Title X supported activities and abortions. Sites that provide abortions in addition to other activities will be required to maintain separate accounting records, facilities, personnel, and medical records.

HHS is accepting comments on the proposed regulations through July 31. Most of the provisions will take effect 60 days after publication of the new rules.


Explore further

New report examines scientific evidence on safety and quality of abortion care in US

More information: Abstract/Full Text
Comment on Regulations
Journal information: New England Journal of Medicine

Copyright © 2018 HealthDay. All rights reserved.

Citation: Regulations restrict providers' ability to offer info on abortions (2018, July 26) retrieved 14 October 2019 from https://medicalxpress.com/news/2018-07-restrict-ability-info-abortions.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more