Bush Pre-Empts FOCA

God bless Bush. Fighting for us til his last day in office.
A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job discrimination laws. The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.”It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and drugstores from requiring employees with religious or moral objections to “assist in the performance of any part of a health service program or research activity” financed by the Department of Health and Human Services.

But remember: his heart isn't in it. As always, he only does these things to fool people into voting for the GOP.

Update: Mr. W. corrects me. It's not sleight of hand, it's pandering.

Plainly pandering…giving HIS people what they asked for. This is very different from “hope” and “change,” where you give to YOUR people what they asked for.