The Bush administration plans to enforce a regulation that will prevent healthcare workers who object to abortion from being forced to perform abortion-related services that violate their beliefs. Under the rule, federal officials can deny funding to hundreds of thousands of health care providers if they do not allow employees to opt out from providing care that violates their personal, moral or religious beliefs.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, a federal agency within the Department of Health and Human Services, has made available online a new tool for comparing how well thousands of American hospitals do in keeping very sick patients alive. The new tool, available on the Website entitled “Hospital Compare,” while not intended to be the sole means by which consumers should judge the quality of care available at U.S. hospitals, nevertheless gives patients an extra tool to measure the competency of their local hospital.
On July 24, presidential candidate Barack Obama arrived in Berlin in a stop sandwiched between visits to Iraq, Afghanistan, Kuwait, Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian territories beforehand, and subsequent stops in Paris and London before heading back to the United States.
Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the U.S. government has given Pakistan more than $10 billion in military aid to fight terrorism, despite the fact that the country has been a military dictatorship under U.S.-backed Pervez Musharraf, who now serves as president in a coalition government.