MONTGOMERY, July 30, 2004 ( – Alabama State public health officials were told to repeal their mandatory requirement that Department of Public Health employees distribute the abortifacient morning-after pill.

Tommy Thompson, the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary, was asked to clarify the federal regulations, which he did in a letter to Alabama Representative Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama). “The current Title X statute, regulations and guidelines do not mandate the distribution of emergency contraceptive pills,” Thompson’s letter affirmed, as reported by the Tuscaloosa News. Aderholt requested a clarification of federal guidelines in response to a number of complaints received from public health employees.  As reported last month in, pro-life public health workers were forced to leave their jobs and the state for work in order to avoid compromising their beliefs. At least 11 nurses have resigned, and 50 other employees asked for reassignment to avoid the moral difficulty.

“Family planning” director for the public health authority, Dr. Tom Miller, claimed that the morning-after pill does not cause abortion, because it only prevents implantation of the fertilized egg. “We believe [mandatory distribution of the morning-after pill is a] good public health policy,” Miller said. “We don’t have any plans to alter course at all.”“It was clear to us from the outset that the decision to distribute the morning after pills in Alabama was purely an administrative decision,” Alabama Christian Coalition President John Giles said. The Coalition has called for an end to the abuse.  See the former report:  Alabama Forcing Pro-lifers out of State Health with Mandatory Abortifacient Policy   tv


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