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Senate Rejects Amendment Protecting Abortion-Conscience Rights for Doctors (Action Alert!)
Life News ^ | April 3, 2009 | Steve Ertelt

Posted on 04/06/2009 8:39:39 AM PDT by NYer

Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- The Senate on Thursday night rejected an amendment from a pro-life senator that would have provided conscience protection on abortion for doctors and medical centers. The amendment comes at a time when President Barack Obama is considering overturning further protections.

Sen Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, sponsored an amendment to the Senate budget bill that would protect the right of conscience for health care workers.

His budget amendment was to "protect the freedom of conscience for patients and the right of health care providers to serve patients without violating their moral and religious convictions."

However, the Senate rejected the conscience amendment on a 56-41 vote with most of the chamber's Democrats voting against it along with a handful of pro-abortion Republicans.

Three Democrats joined most of the Senate Republicans in voting for the Coburn amendment.

Douglas Johnson, the legislative director for National Right to Life, talked with LifeNews.com about the vote afterwards. He says the pro-life community needs to be prepared for even bigger battles in the Senate.

"This Senate vote has no direct legal effect, but it is one more signal that the coming Democratic 'health care reform' bill will be loaded with provisions that assault basic pro-life principles, so the pro-life movement better be prepared for a big fight," he explained.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, the president of the Susan B. Anthony List, a pro-life women's group, told LifeNews.com before the vote that the amendment was worthy of support.

"This amendment is crucial in our fight to protect doctors and nurses around the country from being discriminated against for refusing to participate in abortions and other medical procedures that violate their conscience," she said.

The amendment comes at a time when Obama is considering rescinding the Provider Conscience Clause that further protects the rights of health workers.

President Bush put the provision into place to provide more enforcement for the three federal laws that make it so medical professionals and facilities are not required to do abortions.

However, President Obama has proposed overturning those conscience protections and will likely do so after a 30-day public comment window expires on April 9.

Despite federal laws protecting health care workers from having to participate in abortions, Dannenfelser says she knows of examples of that happening.

"Sadly we have already seen cases of discrimination. For example in 2008 a nurse was forced to leave two different hospitals because she refused to sign a form pledging to assist in abortions," she said.

ACTION: Contact your two U.S. senators and respond to their vote on the Coburn amendment. Call 202-224-3121 to connect with any senator's office or visit http://www.Senate.gov

Vote by Home State on the Coburn Amendment
A yes vote is pro-life and a no vote is pro-abortion



TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 111th; abortion; bho44; bhoabortion; coburn; congress; conscience; conscienceclause; democratcongress; democrats; moralabsolutes; nrlc; prolife

1 posted on 04/06/2009 8:39:39 AM PDT by NYer
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To: NYer

Another nail in this regime’s coffin. Their fall is going to be hard and nasty.


2 posted on 04/06/2009 8:41:51 AM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: Salvation; narses; SMEDLEYBUTLER; redhead; Notwithstanding; nickcarraway; Romulus; ...
However, President Obama has proposed overturning those conscience protections and will likely do so after a 30-day public comment window expires on April 9.

ACT NOW!

COMMENT DEADLINE: MIDNIGHT APRIL 9

You have a vitally important opportunity to immediately send a message to prevent a critical loss of access to healthcare professionals who are being systematically pressured to violate ethical standards. Here's what's been happening:

  1. In August 2008, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) took long-overdue action to address a growing crisis of abortion-related discrimination that could force thousands of conscientious healthcare professionals out of medicine. After several months of public comment on its proposed regulation, in December 2008 HHS finalized a regulation that made clear the protections offered by three civil rights laws passed by Congress with bipartisan support.
  2. The civil rights laws declare that American tax dollars will not fund programs in which healthcare professionals are fired, penalized or otherwise subjected to discrimination because of their ethical stance related to abortion and other morally controversial issues.
  3. However, in March 2009, following protests from abortion special interest groups, the new administration officially declared plans to rescind--get rid of--the conscience-protecting regulation. The administration has, as required by law, called for public comment on the proposed plan to get rid of the conscience-protecting regulation, with a deadline of April 9, 2009.

Send My Message to the Government


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Medical Professionals Comment Here

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3 posted on 04/06/2009 8:44:36 AM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Arlen Specter voted worse than the Dem Casey Jr. in this one (Casey Jr no doubt had to ask Reid “Mother may I?” first)


4 posted on 04/06/2009 8:45:12 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana (There is no salvation in politics.)
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To: wagglebee

Ping!


5 posted on 04/06/2009 8:47:03 AM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Freedom of Choice, huh??????

Freedom From Choice!!! What ba$tards!


6 posted on 04/06/2009 8:47:31 AM PDT by laweeks
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To: DarthVader
Another nail in this regime’s coffin.

It may be in your coffin, if you don't act now! See the links at above post.

7 posted on 04/06/2009 8:48:23 AM PDT by NYer ("Run from places of sin as from a plague." - St. John Climacus)
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To: NYer

Pro choice people are not Christians because they are indiscriminate genocidal baby killers. Josef Mengele would be proud.


8 posted on 04/06/2009 8:51:39 AM PDT by Ev Reeman
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To: NYer

Thanks, I sent my comments on.


9 posted on 04/06/2009 9:16:41 AM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: NYer

So I guess choice is limited to only one option. Some choice for doctors, huh?


10 posted on 04/06/2009 9:45:23 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: NYer

A week or so ago, I emailed the Pope and suggested that he send 0bama a letter explaining what would happen in the USofA if every Catholic Hospital and Catholic Doctor closed their doors.

A one to three day closing of all Catholic Medical facilities would create total chaos but may be the only thing that changes 0’s mind.

Time to Party like it’s 1773.


11 posted on 04/06/2009 9:53:06 AM PDT by HighlyOpinionated (The Constitution & Bill of Rights stand as a whole. Remove any part & nullify the whole.)
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To: HighlyOpinionated
The US has a long history of allowing exclusions in areas of conscience (e.g. conscientious objector), but when it comes to pressure from the liberal left, all bets are off. Obama has absolutely no moral courage.
12 posted on 04/06/2009 10:20:48 AM PDT by blues-train (blues train)
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To: blues-train
Obama has absolutely no moral courage.

Huh? Obama is the most radically pro-abortion person we have ever had in office. He was radical even by Senate standards during his brief time there.

The courage is up to the rest of us, because Obama is going to attack fast and hard now.

13 posted on 04/06/2009 10:51:42 AM PDT by livius
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To: DarthVader
Another nail in this regime’s coffin. Their fall is going to be hard and nasty.

I admit it took me a minute follow this, perhaps because I just came from the gym. But it did sink in and I'm glad it did because I think it's the right reaction.

14 posted on 04/06/2009 11:27:16 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("...made damn sure that Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate...")
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To: NYer

Planned Parenthood runs this country. Somebody, please, research their cash flow so we can find the smoking gun, because I’m sure it’s there.


15 posted on 04/06/2009 11:28:14 AM PDT by the invisib1e hand ("...made damn sure that Pilate washed his hands and sealed his fate...")
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To: NYer
Time for some Civil Disobdedience on the part of some doctors and other medical professionals.

This will go to the Supreme Court, where it will be smacked down.

Pray for these professionals on the front lines, and pray for our country.

16 posted on 04/06/2009 11:57:03 AM PDT by happygrl (BORG: Barack 0bama Resistance Group: we will not be assimilated)
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To: the invisib1e hand

Some of their cash flow comes from us, the US taxpayer.


17 posted on 04/06/2009 11:57:51 AM PDT by happygrl (BORG: Barack 0bama Resistance Group: we will not be assimilated)
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To: HighlyOpinionated
Time to Party like it’s 1773.

Can I steal that ?

18 posted on 04/06/2009 11:59:17 AM PDT by happygrl (BORG: Barack 0bama Resistance Group: we will not be assimilated)
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To: HighlyOpinionated
Time to Party like it’s 1773.

Good line.

19 posted on 04/06/2009 12:04:33 PM PDT by TheFourthMagi
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To: DarthVader

I don’t know about that. Americans are getting less human with every passing day.


20 posted on 04/06/2009 3:22:11 PM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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To: NYer
Pinged from Terri Dailies


21 posted on 04/06/2009 4:23:00 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: NYer

I am not working as an RN right now but I would die before assisting in such a barbaric procedure. I witnessed an abortion when I was a student and it still gives me cold chills to think about it.
I sent my protest!


22 posted on 04/06/2009 4:51:12 PM PDT by k omalley (Caro Enim Mea, Vere est Cibus, et Sanguis Meus, Vere est Potus)
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To: Soothesayer

I am not talking about the wrath of man.


23 posted on 04/06/2009 5:06:28 PM PDT by DarthVader (Liberalism is the politics of EVIL whose time of judgment has come.)
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To: DarthVader

They eternally reserved their spit-roasting spot with Gorfax the bile demon.


24 posted on 04/06/2009 6:47:28 PM PDT by Soothesayer (The United States of America Rest in Peace November 4 2008)
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