Attorneys General (AGs) from 13 states called on the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to abandon a proposed regulation that would prohibit discrimination or retaliation against healthcare workers who refuse to participate in any abortion-related services because of their religious or moral objections. In their formal letter, the AGs expressed their concern that the rule would jeopardize women’s access to birth control and impact the delivery of healthcare services. The proposed rule, which was announced in August, was intended to increase awareness of the “right of conscience” laws protecting health care providers. In a separate letter, a key hospital industry group asked HHS to withdraw the proposal and to embark on a more deliberative process to fully analyze the issues. HHS acknowledged that it received a number of comments (both pro and con) and that will consider them during the notice and comment process.