1st\NW Quadrant: The Approval Matrix
By Maggie Fox\ABC News
Family planning groups and at least one member of Congress objected on Tuesday [July 15, 2008] to a Bush administration memo that defines several widely used contraception methods as abortion and protects the right of medical providers to refuse to offer them.
The proposal would cut off federal funds to hospitals and states that attempt to compel medical providers to offer legal abortion and contraception services to women.
The proposal circulated to media defines abortion broadly to include many types of contraception, including birth control pills and intrauterine devices.