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  • Judge: US can't make Monaghan offer contraceptives

    03/14/2013 1:19:11 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 21 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 3/14/13 | AP
    (AP) Judge: US can't make Monaghan offer contraceptives DETROIT A judge has blocked the federal government from requiring the founder of Domino's Pizza to provide mandatory contraception coverage to his employees under the health care law. U.S. District Judge Lawrence Zatkoff on Thursday granted a preliminary injunction against enforcement of the contraception provision of the law against Tom Monaghan and Domino's Farms Corp. near Ann Arbor, Mich.
  • House GOP to propose religious-conscience protection bill today

    03/05/2013 8:25:44 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/05/2013 | Ed Morrissey
    In a little under an hour, three members of the House Republican caucus will announce a new legislative effort to undo the HHS contraception mandate’s infringement on freedom of religious practice, and prevent the next incursion as well. The Catholic Association sent out a press release hailing the introduction of the Health Care Conscience Rights Act (HCCRA), which should face little opposition … at least in the House (via Frank Weathers): House Representatives Diane Black (R-TN), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), and John Fleming, M.D. (R-LA) will hold a press conference tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5th at 10am EST in Rayburn House Office...
  • Democratic lawmakers: Getting birth control should be as easy as “ABC”

    02/15/2013 7:19:34 PM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 10 replies
    salon ^ | 1-14 | Katie Mcdonough
    While the White House and the Catholic Church continue to slug it out over whether private, for-profit companies like Hobby Lobby should have to provide their employees with federally mandated birth control, two Democratic lawmakers are hoping to ease one roadblock to women’s access to contraception: Pharmacists. In an effort to standardize pharmacies’ procedures for filling prescriptions for birth control, Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) have reintroduced the “Access to Birth Control (ABC) Act.” It’s the same bill the politicians tried to get through previous legislative sessions, but these two are clearly Charlie-Brown-and-the-football types, and...
  • Exclusive: U.S. bishops say they’re willing to ‘go to jail’ over HHS mandate

    01/30/2013 5:26:02 AM PST · by NYer · 113 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2013 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Archbishop-elect Alexander Sample speaks with John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews' editor-in-chief WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the Obama administration and the U.S. Bishops remain locked in battle over the HHS mandate, the question on the minds of many observers is: what lengths are the bishops willing to go to to oppose the mandate? The prelates LifeSiteNews spoke to after the Vigil Mass for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24th indicated that they intend to do everything they can to oppose the mandate, including risking imprisonment if necessary. "I would be willing to go to jail in defense of religious...
  • Employer Wins Relief From U.S. Contraceptives Mandate

    12/31/2012 8:35:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/29/12 | Jonathan Stempel
    (Reuters) - A divided federal appeals court has temporarily barred the U.S. government from requiring an Illinois company to obtain insurance coverage for contraceptives, as mandated under the 2010 healthcare overhaul, after the owners objected on religious grounds. More than 40 lawsuits are challenging a requirement in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that requires most for-profit companies to offer workers insurance coverage for contraceptive drugs and devices and other birth control methods. Friday's 2-1 order by a panel of the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago in favor of Cyril and Jane Korte was the second...
  • The Left's Hatred of Religion

    02/19/2012 1:54:30 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 106 replies · 1+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | February 19, 2012 | T.R. Clancy
    ...JoanWalsh at Salon writes that she was raised Catholic, but has since turned into "a secularfeministliberaldemocrat." Last Friday evening, when Obama's supporters were still clinging to their belief that his announcement of a compromise would steal all the wind out of the bishops' sails, she asked this: Why did we spend 10 days listening to prominent Catholics, including even some liberals and Democrats, insist that the White House had overreached and trampled on "religious freedom" - in this case, the "freedom" of the Catholic hierarchy to impose rules that even most Catholics don't live by? ("Catholic tribalism and the contraceptive...
  • First They Came for Rush and Lou Dobbs

    02/14/2012 5:09:38 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 15 replies
    .....First they came for Rush Limbaugh and Lou Dobbs. And the Catholic bishops did not speak out. Now they are coming for the Catholic bishops. Who will speak out now? Not, alas, the United Church of Christ. Let's go back into recent history -- 2009 to be exact. It was a story that involved the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in a blatant, full-on attack on the right of free speech and a free press -- the First Amendment. As I wrote here, here, here, here, here, and here three years ago, the Catholic bishops had managed to get their...
  • Media Defends Planned Parenthood, Not Catholic Church

    02/08/2012 2:43:32 PM PST · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 8, 2012 | IBD staff
    Journalism: When the abortion giant's funding was in jeopardy, the media provided 24/7 coverage with a decidedly liberal slant. When the feds assaulted First Amendment religious freedom, you could hear the crickets chirp. Secular progressive bias in the media was never more evident than in the past few weeks with the difference in coverage of two major news stories — the temporary cutoff of funds from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to Planned Parenthood and the ultimatum from the Obama administration that the Catholic Church and its institutions had a year to find a way to violate their consciences and...
  • Catholic Bishops Reject Obama’s Surrender Terms

    02/02/2012 5:49:01 PM PST · by raptor22 · 23 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 2, 2012 | IBD staff
    1st Amendment: Catholic bishops on Sunday issued a response to ObamaCare's mandates on providing contraception in violation of conscience and religious freedom. The message was simple: We will not comply. It was hardly a profile in courage when the Obama administration, hoping to kick the issue down the road past the November election, announced last Friday that Catholic hospitals and other religious institutions will have an extra year to comply with a new requirement that most health plans provide contraceptive benefits at no cost to their members. On Sunday, America's Catholic bishops in an open letter to their parishioners and...
  • EWTN Sues U.S. Government To Stop Contraception Mandate

    02/09/2012 12:17:58 PM PST · by mware · 23 replies
    EWTN ^ | Feb.09 2012
    EWTN Sues U.S. Government To Stop Contraception Mandate Network Asks Court to Stop Order to Pay for Immoral Services Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network filed a lawsuit February 9 in U.S. District Court in Birmingham, Alabama against the Department of Health & Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other government agencies seeking to stop the imposition of the contraception mandate as well as asking the court for a declaratory judgment that the mandate is unconstitutional. EWTN is the first Catholic organization to file suit since the final HHS rules were published by the Obama administration on...
  • Morning Bell: Obamacare Awakens a Sleeping Giant

    02/07/2012 3:21:16 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | February 7, 2012 | Mike Brownfield
    It is a rare moment indeed when faith denominations of all stripes unite together in common cause, and it is rarer still when that cause is a political one, with a sole piece of legislation as its principal target. But when that law eviscerates the very foundation of religious liberty in America as protected under the First Amendment, it should not be surprising that Catholics and Jews, evangelical Christians, and mainline Lutherans alike find common cause in defense of their liberties.Such is the case with the firestorm of opposition to Obamacare and the Obama Administration’s attack on religious liberty. Under...
  • Catholic League Poised To Go To War With Obama Over Mandatory Birth Control Payments

    02/07/2012 4:09:58 AM PST · by 1010RD · 65 replies
    CBS News ^ | February 6, 2012 11:00 PM
    Catholic leaders upped the ante Monday, threatening to challenge the Obama administration over a provision of the new health care law that would require all employers, including religious institutions, to pay for birth control. As CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer reports, it could affect the presidential elections. Catholic leaders are furious and determined to harness the voting power of the nation’s 70 million Catholic voters to stop a provision of President Barack Obama’s new heath car reform bill that will force Catholic schools, hospitals and charities to buy birth control pills, abortion-producing drugs and sterilization coverage for their employees. “Never before,...
  • First, They Came for the Catholics

    02/01/2012 3:55:45 AM PST · by Kaslin · 81 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 1, 2012 | Michelle Malkin
    President Obama and his radical feminist enforcers have had it in for Catholic medical providers from the get-go. It's about time all people of faith fought back against this unprecedented encroachment on religious liberty. First, they came for the Catholics. Who's next? This weekend, Catholic bishops informed parishioners of the recent White House edict forcing religious hospitals, schools, charities and other health and social service providers to provide "free" abortifacient pills, sterilizations and contraception on demand in their insurance plans -- even if it violates their moral consciences and the teachings of their churches. NARAL, NOW, Ms. Magazine and the...
  • ‘We Will Not Comply’: Catholic Leaders Distribute Letter Slamming Obama Admin Contraceptive Mandate

    01/30/2012 11:38:58 AM PST · by OPS4 · 42 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 1/30/12 | Billy Hallowell
    Over the weekend, the Catholic Church’s letter went beyond simply issuing oppositional rhetoric to media. Instead, priests read an open note to congregations across the country, dubbing the administration‘s take on women’s health and religious violations as an attack on their faith. In the letter, Bishops highlighted what they called “an alarming and serious matter,“ as their words contended that the federal government has ”dealt a heavy blow” to the Catholic population.
  • J'ACCUSE! Why Obama is wrong on the HHS conscience regulations (blast from the Catholic Left)

    01/25/2012 10:57:03 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 5 replies
    National Catholic REPORTER, no kidding ^ | Jan. 21, 2012 | Sean Michael WINTERS, no kidding
    Obama lost my vote yesterday when he declined to expand the exceedingly narrow conscience exemptions proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services. The issue of conscience protections is so foundational, I do not see how I ever could, in good conscience, vote for this man again. I do not come at this issue as a Catholic special pleader, who wants only to protect my own, although it was a little bracing to realize that the president’s decision yesterday essentially told us, as Catholics, that there is no room in this great country of ours for the institutions our...
  • Obama Undecided on Whether to Impose Regulation Forcing Catholics to Act Against Their Faith

    11/30/2011 11:47:33 AM PST · by OPS4 · 22 replies
    CNS News.com ^ | 11/30/11 | Fred Lucas
    President Barack Obama has not yet decided whether to go forward with a proposed regulation under the health care law he signed last year that would force Catholic individuals and institutions to act against the teachings of the Catholic church. In August, Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius proposed a regulation--that would take affect next fall--that would require all health care plans to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives, including abortifacients. The proposed regulation includes a very narrow religious exemption that does not cover individual Catholics, or Catholic universities, hospitals or charitable institutions.
  • Obama Admin Defends Dropping Doctors’ Conscience Protections

    05/11/2011 8:53:35 AM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Life News ^ | 5/11/11 | Steven Ertelt
    In a letter to several pro-life groups complaining about President Barack Obama’s decision to drop some of the conscience protections for medical professionals, the administration is defending the decision. Several pro-life groups sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius warning her of the alarming effects on patients that will follow the Obama administration’s recent move to strip the medical community of key conscience protections on abortion. As LifeNews.com reported in February, the Obama administration overturned some of the conscience protections the Bush administration put in place to protect pro-life medical workers who don’t want to be involved in certain...
  • Feds asked to ensure Catholic hospitals follow law (by providing abortions)

    12/26/2010 7:58:37 PM PST · by Libloather · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 12/22/10 | Rob Stein
    Feds asked to ensure Catholic hospitals follow lawThe American Civil Liberties Union on Wednesday asked federal health officials to ensure that Catholic hospitals provide emergency reproductive care to pregnant women. By Rob Stein The Washington Post Originally published Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at 10:00 PM The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Wednesday asked federal health officials to ensure that Catholic hospitals provide emergency reproductive care to pregnant women, saying the refusal by religiously affiliated hospitals to provide abortion and other services is an increasing problem. In a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the ACLU...
  • Obama Admin Working to Rescind Conscience Rights on Abortion

    12/14/2010 10:40:34 AM PST · by julieee · 33 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 14, 2010 | Steven Ertelt
    Obama Admin Working to Rescind Conscience Rights on Abortion Hartford, CT -- The Obama administration is still working to overturn conscience rights for medical professionals on abortion that were put in place at the tail end of the Bush administration. http://LifeNews.com/nat-6929
  • WaPo Columnist Celebrates Pro-life Pharmacy’s Closure

    04/14/2010 11:41:06 AM PDT · by 198ml · 6 replies · 488+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 04/14/10 | Anthony Kang
    Petula Dvorark, Washington Post's designated church-basher, commemorated the closure of a Virginian "pro-life" pharmacy with snide glee in her April 13 column. "The Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy in Chantilly proudly and purposefully limited what it would stock on its shelves. But it turns out that no birth control pills, no condoms, no porn, no tobacco and even no makeup added up to one thing: No customers," Dvorak wrote. "John T. Bruchalski, president of Divine Mercy Care and the doctor who opened the pharmacy, then had to close it, said he wanted a place where pharmacists ‘could bring their conscience into...
  • Catholic Medical Association: Coakley Denies Freedom of Conscience, Right to Life

    01/18/2010 4:52:56 PM PST · by tcg · 5 replies · 457+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/18/10 | Randy Sly
    Coakley faces a fierce battle for the senatorial seat formerly held by Ted Kennedy against Republican contender Scott Brown, who is now leading in some polls. However, the election is still too close to call. “In the course of the interview, Martha Coakley demonstrated hostility to conscience rights in general, and to the beliefs of faithful Catholics in particular,” stated John F. Brehany, Ph.D., S.T.L., executive director of the CMA. Of course, the irony is obvious to any observer. Coakley claims to be a Catholic Christian. Yet, she seems to be one of those whom my good friend and Catholic...
  • Wesley J. Smith: Pulling the Plug on the Conscience Clause

    12/06/2009 10:20:47 AM PST · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 650+ views
    First Things ^ | December, 2009 | Wesley J. Smith
    Over the past fifty years, the purposes and practices of medicine have changed radically. Where medical ethics was once life-affirming, today’s treatments and medical procedures increasingly involve the legal taking of human life. The litany is familiar: More than one million pregnancies are extinguished each year in the United States, thousands late-term. Physician-assisted suicide is legal in Oregon, Washington, and, as this is written, Montana via a court ruling (currently on appeal to the state supreme court). One day, doctors may be authorized to kill patients with active euthanasia, as they do already in the Netherlands, Belgium, and Luxembourg....
  • Wisconsin requiring Catholic institutions to provide contraceptives coverage

    08/23/2009 1:49:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 1,280+ views
    cna ^ | August 23, 2009
    Madison, Wis., Aug 23, 2009 / 02:13 am (CNA).- The bishops of the Wisconsin Catholic Conference (WCC) have issued a statement to the state’s Catholic faithful expressing their “deep concern” about a state provision that requires providers of health insurance include contraceptive services. The rule will force Catholic dioceses and other agencies to pay for a “gravely immoral” service, the conference says.A provision in the new state budget mandates the coverage as a “benefit.”Signatories of the August 20 WCC letter were Bishop of Green Bay David L. Ricken, Bishop of Madison Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of La Crosse Jerome...
  • Catholic Bishops Tell House: Health-Care Bill is ‘Unacceptable’ Due to Pro-Abortion Mandates

    08/22/2009 12:43:33 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 6 replies · 554+ views
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | August 21, 2009 | Edwin Mora
    The nation’s Catholic bishops have told Congress that they oppose H.R. 3200, America’s Affordable Health Choices Act, as it currently stands, because the health-care reform bill would mandate funding and insurance coverage for abortion. In an August 11 letter to members of the House of Representatives, Cardinal Justin Rigali, chairman of the pro-life committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (U.S.C.C.B.), told lawmakers that health-care reform must “respect human life and rights of conscience in the context of abortion.” “Much-needed reform must not become a vehicle for promoting an ‘abortion rights’ agenda or reversing longstanding policies against federal funding...
  • Gynecologists in Spain plan to choose jail before performing an abortion

    08/20/2009 3:30:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 1,225+ views
    cna ^ | August 20, 2009
    Madrid, Spain, Aug 20, 2009 / 01:55 pm (CNA).- Dr. Esteban Rodriguez, spokesman for the organization Right to Life (Derecho a Vivir) in Spain, responded yesterday to comments by the country’s Minister of Justice, Francisco Caamano, who said there was no room for a conscience clause in the new law on abortion.  “We are willing to go to jail rather than following a criminal law, Rodriguez said, “and we are willing to commit the supposed crime of disobedience before the crime of abortion.” “We will not kill our patients, nor will we commit a crime against the public health deliberately harming...
  • Catholics Fight Against Abortion in Obamacare Bills

    08/18/2009 7:38:54 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 17 replies · 934+ views
    NewsMax.com ^ | August 17, 2009 | John Rossomando
    Roman Catholic leaders are stepping up their fight against the Obama administration’s healthcare plans, urging their faithful nationwide to contact legislators to protest abortion provisions in Democratic bills. Catholics who attended Mass Sunday in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, for example, received weekly bulletins with a call to action from Cardinal Justin Rigali, head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' pro-life committee. The archdiocese, one of the largest in the nation, serves 1.45 million Catholics. “While this legislation is still in draft form, the request for action at the local level is imperative,” the cardinal wrote. “[W]e must take...
  • Stifling Health Choice

    08/18/2009 4:43:15 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 3 replies · 416+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | May 19, 2009 | Investors Business Daily staff
    Health Care: Lost in the kerfuffle about a pro-choice president being honored at the University of Notre Dame was the damage the Freedom of Choice Act might do to the nation's health care.Specifically, how many Catholic hospitals will close and how many Catholic doctors will quit if it becomes law? According to the Catholic Health Association, Catholic institutions make up 13% of the nation's nearly 5,000 hospitals, and employ more than 600,000 people. CHA says one of every six Americans hospitalized in the U.S. are cared for in a Catholic hospital. A lot of federal funds flow through the nation's...
  • Will You be Forced to Perform Abortions?

    08/14/2009 8:25:07 AM PDT · by Wolf13 · 4 replies · 441+ views
    Human Events ^ | 8-14-09 | Gary Bauer
    Modern liberals have a habit of denying the inevitable consequences of their policies. They refuse to concede that a healthcare bureaucracy created and run by persons who embrace utilitarian views of human life might unsettle Americans concerned that government would, as Senator Chuck Grassley put it this week, “pull the plug on Grandma.” And they seem baffled by those who find President Obama’s professed desire to “reduce the number of abortions” difficult to reconcile with his efforts to subsidize and expand access to them. Worst of all is the left’s position on conscience protections for those with religious or moral...
  • Allegation of politics in licensing controversy (homosexual agenda alert(

    07/19/2009 4:16:25 AM PDT · by stan_sipple · 7 replies · 1,076+ views
    Journalstar.com ^ | 7-19-2009 | Nancy Hicks
    A state agency responsible directly to Gov. Dave Heineman held up licensing rules for professional counselors and social workers last winter, forcing licensing board members to work out compromise language related to serving homosexual clients. The Legislature and Nebraskans have not wanted equal protection for homosexuals, Dr. Joann Schaefer said last week as she explained her insistence that the state licensing board for counselors and social workers work out a compromise with the Nebraska Catholic Conference on licensing rules. The controversy began because “sexual orientation” was to be covered in a new anti-discrimination clause in proposed new rules for licensed...
  • 9th Circuit: Pharmacists Must Dispense Mornin-After Pill

    07/11/2009 7:35:55 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 35 replies · 1,391+ views
    HotAir.com ^ | July 11, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    The most overturned appellate court has teed up another case for the Supreme Court to consider — and likely soon. The 9th Circuit overturned an injunction in a district court case, allowing the state of Washington to force a pharmacy to stock and dispense morning-after pills, which causes the abortion of an embryo in the early days of a pregnancy. The pharmacy owners had objected, claiming that the law violated their religious practice:
  • The Ninth Circuit's Wrong Ruling That Pharmacists Can't Refuse To Sell "Morning After" Pill

    07/09/2009 10:06:57 PM PDT · by stevelackner · 32 replies · 971+ views
    STEVELACKNER.COM ^ | July 9, 2009 | Steve Lackner
    The L.A. Times reports that "pharmacists are obliged to dispense the Plan B pill, even if they are personally opposed to the 'morning after' contraceptive on religious grounds, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday. In a case that could affect policy across the western U.S., a supermarket pharmacy owner in Olympia, Wash., failed in a bid to block 2007 regulations that required all Washington pharmacies to stock and dispense the pills. Family-owned Ralph's Thriftway and two pharmacists employed elsewhere sued Washington state officials over the requirement. The plaintiffs asserted that their Christian beliefs prevented them from dispensing the pills, which...
  • Sebelius: Obama Backs Abortion Conscience-Clause Laws But Wants to Rescind Regulation Enforcing Them

    07/07/2009 1:23:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 537+ views
    cnsnews ^ | 7/7/09 | Penny Starr
    (CNSNews.com) – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said President Barack Obama supports existing federal laws that prevent federally funded health care providers from forcing doctors and pharmacists who morally oppose abortion from either performing the procedure or providing abortion-inducing medication. But Obama opposes a regulation put into place by the Bush administration that would require those federally funded providers to certify compliance with the law, Sebelius said.
  • Some Docs Resist Repeal Of Bush-Era Abortion Regs

    07/07/2009 11:48:42 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 27 replies · 1,348+ views
    NPR ^ | Jul 06, 2009 | Julie Rovner
    Some doctors who oppose abortion say that if President Obama repeals controversial Bush administration regulations that allow doctors to refuse to provide care that conflicts with their beliefs, they would rather quit their practice than provide care that violates their conscience. Doctors who oppose abortion and, in some cases, birth control pills say they may stop providing care if the Obama administration follows through on threats to repeal controversial Bush administration regulations aimed at allowing health care workers to refuse to provide care that conflicts with their beliefs. Opponents of the rules point out that those health care workers have...
  • Obama Interview: I Support Abortion Conscience Clause, What Notre Dame Scandal?

    07/03/2009 12:38:30 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 30 replies · 1,056+ views
    Life News ^ | 7/2/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- In a Thursday afternoon interview with members of various Catholic publications, President Barack Obama defended himself from criticism over his pro-abortion record. He said he supports a conscience clause on abortion but gave a joking response to a question about Notre Dame.According to a National Catholic Register report, Obama talked about his upcoming visit with Pope Benedict XVI and said he looked forward to taking with him about unrelated political issues.Father Owen Kearns, editor in chief and publisher of the Register, said each member of the Catholic press was allowed to ask one question and...
  • Religious Freedom or 'Silly Prejudice'? (Should health care workers have the right of conscience?)

    06/22/2009 5:45:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies · 808+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 6/21/2009 | Charles Colson
    It seems one man’s religious freedom is another man’s “ridiculous prejudice.” One government official fumed that Catholic doctors were refusing to perform abortions-abortions that were perfectly legal. He wrote in a memo: “After all, these scruples are in most cases nothing but ridiculous prejudices . . . One is tempted to ask: where does state authority come in these cases, or else, is the state, perhaps, not anxious to assert its authority in this particular instance?” Well, Nazi Germany was seldom hesitant to assert its authority, even over religion and individual conscience. As described in the June/July issue of First...
  • Congressmen Challenge Obama on Abortion-Conscience Clause Promise

    05/19/2009 3:30:14 PM PDT · by julieee · 4 replies · 329+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | May 19, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Congressmen Challenge Obama on Abortion-Conscience Clause Promise Washington, DC -- Two prominent pro-life congressmen are challenging President Barack Obama on his recent comments during his Notre Dame graduation speech that he supports a conscience clause. Obama told students he wanted to find common ground on abortion and used the conscience clause as an example. Full story at: http://www.LifeNews.com/nat5068.html
  • 'Conscience' shield vital, many caregivers say

    05/06/2009 8:28:12 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 10 replies · 525+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | Wednesday, May 6, 2009 | Matthai Kuruvila
    Kim McAllister, a Bay Area nurse for 31 years, knows she can recuse herself from a medical procedure with which she has a moral conflict. If a patient wants an abortion or if McAllister sees an end-of-life decision she might question, she can discreetly find another nurse who would help the patient in the way the patient seeks. But, like many Catholics, evangelicals and others, McAllister now worries that an Obama administration proposal to repeal "conscience" protections for health care workers will imperil her rights. "I took it for granted that my beliefs were protected," said McAllister, 51, of Hayward....
  • Protecting Medical Prof. Who Morally Oppose Abortion Is ‘Short-sighted,’ Democratic Senator Says

    05/03/2009 9:04:47 AM PDT · by blueyon · 24 replies · 1,062+ views
    CNSnews.com ^ | April 30, 2009 | Penny Starr
    Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) told a gathering of pro-abortion activists that the Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations put in place by the Bush administration to protect medical professionals who work in institutions that receive federal funding and morally oppose certain practices, such as abortion, is “short-sighted” and should be rescinded by President Obama.
  • Catholic Democrats: Is Their Support for Obama Fraying?

    04/10/2009 12:24:20 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 31 replies · 1,156+ views
    Time ^ | April 10, 2009 | Amy Sullivan
    Barack Obama [was elected] with the help of a majority of Catholic voters, but it didn't mean that Catholics, who in recent years had mostly sided with the GOP because of social issues, had any illusions about Obama's stance on such sensitive matters. ... [I]t didn't come as a surprise to Catholics when, on the morning of March 9, the President signed an executive order allowing research on embryonic stem cells to go forward after an eight-year halt. Obama's forceful explanation for his decision, however, took them aback. The previous ban on research, Obama declared, was "a false choice between...
  • New poll shows Obama is losing big on Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA)

    04/10/2009 6:09:10 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 12 replies · 853+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | April 10, 2009 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    By an overwhelming 87/13 Barack Obama is losing his battle to force FOCA on America The news about America’s feelings toward continuing the conscience clause in contacts between the government and medical professionals is good for the pro life community. It is a stunning rebuke for the pro abortion forces in the Obama Administration. If average Americans were asked to vote on FOCA today, the pro abortion Democrats would be thoroughly crushed. A March 23-25 survey conducted by The Polling Company revealed there is an overwhelming sentiment in favor of continuing the conscience clause which protects those who recognize doing...
  • Medical Providers Urge Obama to Save 'Conscience' Rule

    04/09/2009 3:40:48 AM PDT · by mware · 11 replies · 486+ views
    Fox News ^ | Wednesday, April 08, 2009 | By Shannon Bream
    Doctors from across the country have come to Washington to try to save a federal regulation that gives added protection to medical workers who choose not to perform certain procedures, like abortion, that they morally object to. "It is open season on healthcare professionals of conscience," said David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association. "Discriminate at will." Though a number of "provider protection" laws have been on the books for decades, some doctors complained they weren't being enforced. So just before he left office, President Bush enacted a federal regulation calling for better enforcement and mandating that some medical...
  • Christian Doctors Respond to Abortion Poll (Conscience Clause)

    04/08/2009 4:24:45 PM PDT · by chase19 · 11 replies · 756+ views
    Life Site News ^ | February 9, 2007 | Steven Ertelt
    Christian Doctors Respond to Abortion Poll, Say Conscience Clause Needed by Steven Ertelt LifeNews.com Editor February 9, 2007 Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- A national organization for Christian doctors is responding to a survey in the New England Journal of Medicine showing 52 percent said they oppose abortion and others wouldn't refer women considering an abortion to a place that does them. The group says the poll shows the need for conscience clause legislation that protects the right of physicians to not be forced to be involved in medical practices that violates their moral or religious beliefs. The poll, sponsored by...
  • Health care workers urge Obama not to rescind conscience rights

    04/08/2009 1:56:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 696+ views
    CNS ^ | April 8, 2009 | Dennis Sadowski
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Dr. John T. Bruchalski would rather close the doors of his highly successful Fairfax, Va., medical practice than violate his conscience if he is forced to offer services that violate the basic tenets of his Catholic faith. A pro-life obstetrician and gynecologist whose Tepeyac Family Center delivered 629 babies in 2008, Bruchalski is concerned that a Department of Health and Human Services proposal to rescind a conscience protection regulation for health care workers would force him to perform abortions or, at the very least, refer patients to physicians who offer the procedure. Bruchalski told Catholic News Service...
  • Poll: Americans Want Obama to Keep Abortion Conscience Clause in Place

    04/08/2009 9:33:57 AM PDT · by SErtelt · 15 replies · 1,456+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 8, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- A new national poll of Americans finds a strong majority want President Barack Obama to keep conscience protections in place for doctors and medical centers. The president is considering rescinding the protections the Bush administration adopted to enforce three federal conscience laws. The protections make it more clear and provide support for doctors or medical facilities that feel pressured to participate in abortions. Support for this new regulation outpaced opposition by a margin of more than 2-to-1 (63% vs. 28%).
  • The Medical Conscience Clause: Guard it with your life.

    04/08/2009 3:55:07 AM PDT · by Scanian · 3 replies · 312+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 08, 2009 | Kyle-Anne Shiver
    I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art. - From the original Hippocratic Oath used in America until the late 20th Century Is there anything more fundamental than the right to refuse to kill for the state? As Americans, we have given steadfast honor to this bedrock individual liberty throughout our history. Even in times of all-out war, when millions and millions of...
  • Pro-Life Response Needed to Obama Axing Abortion Conscience Protections

    04/07/2009 8:59:39 AM PDT · by julieee · 13 replies · 604+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 7, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- President Barack Obama has proposed overturning the conscience protections the Bush administration put in place and pro-life advocates have until Thursday to respond. Prominent pro-life groups are urging every pro-life advocate to issue a public comment by this week's deadline.
  • Will Obama cite FOCA and arrest Catholic bishops who will not do abortions?

    04/07/2009 6:05:30 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 63 replies · 1,606+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | April 7, 2009 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    The showdown over the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA) is coming. The Senate has rejected a conscience clause. Now Catholic hospitals can be forced to commit abortions. Democrats are caught between their pro-death supporters’ demands and attacking the Catholic Church. They will opt for the latter. FOCA will force Catholic bishops to choose between federal money and mortal sin, and saying “No!” to murders of convenience by closing their hospitals. They will opt for the latter. Aided by America’s Catholics, pro abortionists elected the most pro death president in history. Encouraged by this support Democrats are willing to confront Catholic...
  • Senate Rejects Amendment Protecting Abortion-Conscience Rights for Doctors (Action Alert!)

    04/06/2009 8:39:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies · 1,341+ views
    Life News ^ | April 3, 2009 | Steve Ertelt
    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...
  • The end of physician conscience protection in America?

    04/06/2009 2:32:06 AM PDT · by Scanian · 12 replies · 690+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | April 06, 2009 | Mary L. Davenport, MD
    The period of public comment on conscience protection for health care providers will end on April 9. No one wants the government telling physicians they must violate their conscience in the practice of medicine. This is especially important regarding life and death decisions. This basic principle securing the integrity of physician-patient relationships has been threatened of late. In December 2008 the Department of Health and Human Services issued a regulation clarifying the protections offered by three civil rights laws for health care providers passed by Congress with bipartisan support. However, the Obama administration has stated its intention of overturning the...
  • Senate Rejects Protecting Abortion-Conscience Rights for Doctors

    04/03/2009 8:46:28 AM PDT · by julieee · 32 replies · 1,338+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | April 3, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- 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.