The Obama administration is working to overturn Bush-passed HHS regulations that try to give some teeth to existing federal conscience protections for doctors and nurses who do not wish to participate in abortions. (The regulations require institutions to certify their compliance and also provide an avenue of recourse for doctors and nurses who have grievances related to the conscience protections.)
This is particularly relevant since a federal judge has ruled that Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo has no private cause of action against--i.e., cannot personally sue--a hospital that blatantly forced her to participate in an abortion by threatening her with loss of job and possibly loss of nursing license. The federal judge claims that the only mechanism for enforcement of the conscience protections in federal law is the action of the federal HHS. Meanwhile, Barack Obama's HHS says that it is working to remove the HHS regulations that enforce the conscience protections! In fact, the Obama HHS is even delaying a different lawsuit on the grounds that they are working on revising the regulations to rescind the conscience protection enforcement.
Perhaps the new Congress should expressly create a private cause of action in relation to conscience protections. That would circumvent our lawless executive branch.