Why Has HHS Mandated Abortifacients, but Not Technology to Protect Lives

You just have to wonder.

The Department of Health & Human Services has drafted a regulation requiring everyone’s health insurance to pay for contraceptives (yes, the very ones labeled a Type I carcinogen by the World Health Organization) and abortifacients.

But it hasn’t done a thing to require hospitals to adopt sponge-tracking technology that costs less than a month’s supply of the pill.

What is sponge tracking technology, and why is it important?  As USA Today explained, a shocking number of surgical sponges are left inside patients during surgery, often with devastating — even life-threatening — consequences.

This is a medical error that is totally avoidable:  technology exists to insure that not a single, solitary sponge is left inside a patient.  But most hospitals haven’t adopted it.  Instead, they continue to rely upon the old sponge-counting method, which is about as reliable as your grandmother’s use of the “rhythm method.”

But HHS hasn’t done a thing to require their use.

Why?  Does HHS really think access to contraception, abortifacients and abortion is more important than safe surgeries?  Or does it just not care?

You can read USA Today‘s report here.  You might want to ask your Congressman and Senators why contraception is more important than safe surgeries.

About Joel Whitaker

Joel Whitaker is a long-time professional journalist (Tampa Bay Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Bulletin, Institutional Investor, executive newsletters) and Catholic convert. He is the RCIA coordinator for his parish.
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