The public comment period will end 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 9, thirty days after President Obama formally announced his intention to rescind the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations in the Federal Register. A source within the HHS has told CatholicAnew.com that a handful of comments received after the cutoff may be considered.
The requirements for sending comments ensure that pretty much only legal scholars can provide input. So when only a few thousand (and that’s optimistic) comments are received, opposition to the measure can be dismissed as a fringe position. Then it will be open season on health care providers who refuse on the basis of conscience to perform abortions. Perhaps they think that after a few of us are made examples of, most will cave. And what a display of pragmatism-over-ideology this will be in addressing the chronic shortage of health care providers!
This is Obama’s idea of putting aside partisan differences and being the voice of the people rather than of special interests? But I guess this is what the USA gets for electing a President on the basis of feel-good slogans, or for its blind acceptance of the two-party approach to politics where the only choices are Bad and Worse.