Attorney General George Jepsen announced last week that he was dropping a lawsuit against the U.S. Health and Human Services Department because the eleventh hour changes the Bush administration planned on making in 2008 never came to fruition under President Barack Obama’s administration.

“The Obama administration has accomplished by regulation, what we sought to do in the court – protect access to essential health care services and federal funding without undermining the rights of health-care providers on conscience issues,” Jepsen said.

Health-care providers in Connecticut are protected by long-standing and unchanged federal and state laws that allow them to decline to participate in health care services they find objectionable on religious or moral grounds. The new rule simply rescinds the portions of the midnight regulations that were unclear or overly broad in scope.

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