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  • Action Alert: Help Maintain Pro-Life Medical Professionals Conscience Protections!

    03/19/2009 12:27:57 PM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 5 replies · 586+ views
    Victoria Cobb, President Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Action Alert: Help Maintain Pro-Life Medical Professionals Conscience Protections! See Our Latest General Assembly Blog Posts @ Sign Up for Twitter Updates @ Join Us On Facebook @ See Our Video Center On YouTube @ Dear xxxxxx, Last summer we alerted you to the public comment period offered by the Department of Health and Human Services, which sought feedback on its proposed new rules protecting the consciences of medical healthcare providers not to perform procedures or services that violated their religious faith. Thanks to thousands of grassroots, pro-life Virginians...
  • Obama Takes Next Step to Scrap Protections for Pro-Life Doctors on Abortion

    03/06/2009 12:39:57 PM PST · by SErtelt · 24 replies · 1,868+ views ^ | March 6, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- President Barack Obama has taken the next step to remove the new protections the Bush administration put in place to protect pro-life medical centers and staff who do not want to do abortions. The protections provided better enforcement for existing conscience laws for medical professionals. The Bush administration put the protections in place after learning that medical centers and staff were facing increasing pressure to be involved in abortions despite three federal laws prohibiting such discrimination. Obama officials had told media outlets that the president wanted to merely clarify the existing rules, but the administration published in...
  • Obama to Repeal Bush Abortion Regulation

    03/03/2009 8:08:06 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 22 replies · 1,697+ views ^ | 4 March 2009
    President Obama intends to repeal a Bush administration rule that has become a flash point in the debate over a doctor's right not to perform abortions. The regulation, instituted in the last days of the Bush administration, strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse to provide a medial service because of moral qualms. A Health and Human Services official said Friday the administration will publish notice of its plans early next week, opening a 30-day comment period for advocates on both sides, medical groups and the public. But Republicans are already voicing strong opposition. "I will do nothing...
  • Senator: I will defy Obama if he repeals Abortion 'Conscience Clause'

    03/03/2009 3:30:39 PM PST · by bimboeruption · 43 replies · 1,665+ views ^ | 3/3/9 | Jake Jones
    On Feb. 25, I wrote an article for titled “To obey or not to obey government". In other words, I asked the question whether Civil Disobedience would be proper under certain circumstances. In the article, I gave a few reasons that people, especially Christians might defy a government law, regulation or directive. In all of those cases, I noted that Acts 5:29 tells us that we should obey God’s law and not man’s law. Abortion was one of the things that I mentioned that would qualify to allow us to be justifiably civilly disobedient. Since that time, Obama has...
  • Chuck Colson: Protecting Conscience - An Obstacle to Tyranny

    03/03/2009 11:24:00 AM PST · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 498+ views
    BreakPoint ^ | 3/3/09 | Chuck Colson
    Last week, what the Washington Post characterized as a “terse posting on a federal Web site” set the stage for a debate on just how seriously our society takes freedom of conscience. The posting announced that the Obama administration was planning to rescind “job protections for health workers who refuse to provide care they find objectionable.” These explicit protections were issued in the last few months of the Bush administration. Under the current provisions, health care providers can lose federal funds if they don’t accommodate health-care workers “who refuse to participate in care they feel violates their . . ....
  • Obama’s Friday order to Catholic hospitals: Shut up, commit abortions or I’ll shut you down

    03/02/2009 5:53:22 AM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 190 replies · 6,246+ views
    The Collins Report ^ | March 2, 2009 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    The underhanded Obama administration has quietly moved to rescind the “conscience clause” found in agreements between the federal government and Catholic hospitals. This “conscience clause” has always protected practitioners from being forced to commit abortions in violation of their consciences. Its removal means Catholic hospitals will be forced to choose between federal funds for committing abortions and closing down to maintain a clear conscience. Phonies with egg on their faces Nevertheless, phony “Catholic” judas goats like Douglas Kmiec are still beating their chests with pride at having delivered 52% of the Catholic vote to the abortion team last fall. In...
  • U.S. Senator Says He Would Practice Civil Disobedience If Obama Repeals Abortion 'Conscience Clause'

    03/02/2009 4:17:19 AM PST · by Man50D · 80 replies · 2,453+ views ^ | March 02, 2009 | Josiah Ryan
    Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who is also an OB/GYN, told on Friday that many medical practitioners, including himself, will go to prison before agreeing to engage in medical practices they morally oppose, such as abortion. Earlier that same day, the Obama administration had announced it was “reviewing” a Bush administration regulation known as the “conscience clause.” That Health and Human Services regulation protects health-care workers at federally funded institutions from having to engage in practices that violate their moral or religious beliefs. These practices include performing or referring abortions, performing sterilizations, or giving or receiving training in these practices....
  • Bush Abortion Rule to Be Reversed

    02/28/2009 3:29:25 PM PST · by John Semmens · 26 replies · 739+ views
    The so-called “freedom of conscience rule” promulgated by the Bush Administration in its last few months will be rescinded by the Obama Administration within the next month or two according to an unnamed official. The Bush rule permits medical personnel to decline to perform abortions if they believe that to do so would be unethical, immoral, or in violation of their religious beliefs. “As President Obama has said, the job of these doctors, nurses, etc. is to serve their patients, not to assert any moral misgivings and use that as a reason to refuse service,” the official asserted. “The argument...
  • Physicians: Obama Plan Will 'Shut Down Hospitals'

    02/28/2009 11:31:38 AM PST · by kellynla · 74 replies · 2,642+ views ^ | February 28, 2009 | Bob Unruh
    Doctors are forecasting the closure of hospitals and clinics across America and a mass migration of physicians and their assistances to other careers should the Obama administration succeed in its attempt to overrule their rights of conscience. "Thousands of conscientious and compassionate physicians, nurses, hospitals and clinics currently serve poor women and those who live in medically underserved areas," said David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association today. "Many of these professionals and institutions are motivated and guided by longstanding Hippocratic ethics and biblical principles that preclude participation in abortion and other controversial procedures. Infringing on their right to...
  • White House set to reverse health care conscience clause (FOCA One Day at a Time)

    02/28/2009 2:20:32 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 899+ views
    CNN.Com ^ | Fri February 27, 2009 | Saundra Young
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Obama administration plans to reverse a regulation from late in the Bush administration allowing health-care workers to refuse to provide services based on moral objections, an official said Friday. The Provider Refusal Rule was proposed by the Bush White House in August and enacted on January 20, the day President Barack Obama took office. It expanded on a 30-year-old law establishing a "conscience clause" for "health-care professionals who don't want to perform abortions."
  • Obama administration may toss pro-life conscience protections

    02/27/2009 4:38:24 PM PST · by annalex · 22 replies · 749+ views
    CNA ^ | 2/27/09 Obama administration may toss pro-life conscience protections President Barack Obama Related articles: Submission to Department of HealthReview of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology ActThe “Morning-After Pill”, Rape Victims and Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care ServicesAre chemical abortions safer than surgical abortions?Preparations for the anniversary Washington D.C., Feb 27, 2009 / 06:10 pm (CNA).- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is preparing to rescind regulations which made explicit the existing legal protections for medical workers who object to cooperating in abortions. The preparations have led one Republican congressman to charge President Obama’s administration with...
  • Obama administration may rescind 'conscience rule' (on abortion)

    02/27/2009 5:10:45 AM PST · by STARWISE · 25 replies · 980+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2-27-09 | Noam N. Levey
    Taking another step into the abortion debate, the Obama administration Friday will move to rescind a controversial rule that allows health-care workers to deny abortion counseling or other family-planning services if doing so would violate their moral beliefs, according to administration officials. The rollback of the "conscience rule" comes just two months after the Bush administration announced it last year in one of its final policy initiatives. The new administration's action seems certain to stoke ideological battles between supporters and opponents of abortion rights over the responsibilities of doctors, nurses and other medical workers to their patients.
  • Obama Starts Process of Removing Doctors' Protections on Abortions

    02/27/2009 7:20:07 AM PST · by SErtelt · 91 replies · 2,375+ views ^ | February 27, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC -- The White House quietly announced on Friday that President Barack Obama is starting the process of overturning protections President Bush put in place to make sure medical staff and centers are not forced to do abortions. The move is the latest that will add to Obama's growing pro-abortion record. Existing federal laws already make it so doctors and hospitals are not required to perform abortions. Because those laws aren't always followed, the Bush administration added additional protections. Now, the Obama administration is Starting the process to remove them.
  • Obama to rescind Bush abortion rule (Takes away Freedom of Conscience for Physicians, Nurses)

    02/27/2009 10:25:07 AM PST · by mojito · 71 replies · 2,492+ views ^ | 2/27/2009 | Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
    President Barack Obama wants to rescind a Bush administration rule that strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse for moral reasons to perform abortions. A U.S. Health and Human Services official said Friday the administration will publish notice of its intentions early next week, opening a 30-day comment period for medical groups and the public. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the notice has not been completed. The Bush administration instituted the rule in its last days, and it was quickly challenged in federal court by several states and medical organizations. As a candidate, President Barack...
  • BREAKING NEWS: President Overturning “Conscience Rule” for Pro-life Doctors

    02/27/2009 12:36:44 PM PST · by tcg · 123 replies · 3,097+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/29/09 | Randy Sly
    WASHINGTON (Catholic Online) – President Obama has begun quietly to begin the process of overturning regulations that protect doctors and hospitals from being forced to perform or refer abortions. The Chicago Tribune reports that President Obama is directing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to begin overturning the conscience rule that protects medical providers who are pro-life. This pullback comes only months after the Bush administration strengthened the rule by placing penalties on facilities that subject pro-life doctors, nurses, or other medical workers to discrimination over the issue of abortion. As with his rescinding of the Mexico City...
  • Official: Obama to Reverse Bush Abortion Regulation

    02/27/2009 3:24:51 PM PST · by Canticle_of_Deborah · 25 replies · 615+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 27, 2009
    President Obama wants to rescind a Bush administration rule that strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse for moral reasons to perform abortions. A Health and Human Services official said Friday the administration will publish notice of its intentions early next week, opening a 30-day comment period for advocates, medical groups and the public. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the notice has not been completed. The Bush administration instituted the rule in its last days, and it was quickly challenged in federal court by several states and medical organizations. As a candidate, Obama criticized the...
  • The Virginian Pilot having abandoned their ethical standards, now demand doctors do the same.

    01/01/2009 7:53:02 AM PST · by moneyrunner · 8 replies · 481+ views
    The Virginian ^ | 1/1/2009 | Moneyrunner
    The Virginian Pilot has a … shall we say “interesting” view of ethics. Let us first get rid of the canard that journalism has ethical standards to which it scrupulously adheres. That’s a punch line for a joke, not a serious point for discussion. In this editorial it demands that people who are opposed to abortion be required – by law – to violate their own ethical standards in order to keep a job. The editorial begins with the obligatory Bush bashing. …as Bush prepares to exit the White House, he's tossing a prize to anti-abortion activists and leaving the...
  • Bush Administration Finalizes Rule Protecting Medical Professionals on Abortion

    12/20/2008 10:19:34 AM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 1,008+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/19/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- The Bush administration has finalized the new rules that protect both medical professionals and medical staff who don’t want to be involved in abortions or abortion referrals. The Department of Health and Human Services released the final rule that will go into effect on January 20. The new regulations are intended to clarify and enforce existing federal laws that protect the choices of health care providers who have moral objections to abortion. The regulation clarifies and implements existing federal statutes enacted by Congress in 1973, 1996 and 2004.The federal laws, which protect the conscience of...
  • Bush throws down gauntlet for Obama on “right to die” and abortion with “conscience rule”

    12/19/2008 7:26:15 PM PST · by Starman417 · 20 replies · 1,071+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-19-08 | Mataharley
    The "Conscience Rule" An issue of Morality/Hippocratic Oath? Or lawsuits? One thing can be said... all of us - on both sides of the aisles - live in the dark on most actions our govt is doing on our "behalf". So those with particular specialties, and an eye on relative legislation, are often very helpful in drawing attention to issues that arise we would otherwise miss. Such is the case when Larry Weisenthal, one of our left leaning FA commenters, requested an authored post on a new regulation to be implemented prior to Obama's inauguration, the "conscience rule".First off, what...
  • Bush’s new “right of conscience” rule to be swiftly axed by Obama

    12/18/2008 10:46:33 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 17 replies · 948+ views
    DC Dicta / Lawers USA ^ | Dec. 17, 2008 | n/a
    A federal regulation with a “right of conscience” provision allowing medical professionals to refuse to participate in treatments they oppose morally is set to be finalized by Bush administration officials this week. But it looks like the rule will be short-lived. The Wall Street Journal reports today that members of the Obama transition team are taking a hard look at that and other regulations that could have an effect on reproductive rights issues, with an eye on reversing them once the president-elect is in office. The rule set to go into effect this week would allow health workers to opt...
  • Lose-Lose on Abortion; Obama's threat to Catholic hospitals and their very serious counterthreat.

    11/24/2008 8:28:54 PM PST · by Lorianne · 51 replies · 1,898+ views
    Slate ^ | 24 November 2008 | Melinda Henneberger
    When I saw the Catholic bishops had declared war on President-elect Obama at their semiannual meeting in Baltimore two weeks ago, my first reaction was pique: Gosh, guys, it isn't even parade day yet, and here you are, all dressed up and ready to rain on it. Were they in spasm because Obama had won Catholics by nine points? (Nine! A landslide compared with the five by which my co-religionists had favored Bush in '04.) Peeved because even some of the most ardent pro-lifers had broken ranks? (In Colorado, where Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput called Obama "the most committed...
  • Last-minute Bush abortion ruling causes furor

    11/18/2008 6:30:49 PM PST · by Comparative Advantage · 39 replies · 1,584+ views
    The International Herald Tribune ^ | November 18, 2008 | Robert Pear
    WASHINGTON: A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job-discrimination laws. The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their "religious beliefs or moral convictions." It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices and drugstores from requiring employees with...
  • Protests Over a Rule to Protect Health Providers

    11/18/2008 12:54:16 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 922+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 18, 2008 | ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job discrimination laws. The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.” It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and drugstores from requiring...
  • Future Obama abortion legislation will violate conscience rights, PRI president says

    11/07/2008 9:53:54 AM PST · by GonzoII · 14 replies · 977+ views
    “Unless the Party of Abortion can muster 60 votes in the Senate, the Freedom of Choice Act will be a dead letter,” the PRI briefing states, asking pro-lifers to redouble their efforts to expose the abortion movement as “an anti-child, anti-woman movement that has cost America 50 million lives and counting.”
  • Washington Doctors, Hospitals Refuse to Take Part in New Assisted Suicide Law

    11/07/2008 4:31:38 PM PST · by wagglebee · 34 replies · 1,159+ views
    Life News ^ | 11/7/08 | Steven Ertelt
    Olympia, WA ( -- Voters in Washington may have made their state the second in the nation to legalize assisted suicide but that doesn't mean patients who want their physician's help in killing themselves will be able to get it. Doctors and hospitals are already speaking up saying they will refuse assisted suicide requests.Though voters approved I-1000 on Tuesday, the Washington State Medical Association says doctors have no obligation to participate in killing patients.Meanwhile, Providence Health and Services, the largest medical system in eastern Washington, states it will prohibit doctors from killing patients at its medical centers, nursing homes...
  • Virginia Sees Opening of Pro-Life Pharmacy Eschewing Abortion, Birth Control

    10/22/2008 2:25:44 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies · 562+ views
    Life News ^ | 10/21/2008 | Steven Erelt
    Chantilly, VA ( -- Just as a network of thousands of pregnancy centers that provide women with non-abortion pregnancy help counters the hundreds of abortion businesses, a new pro-life pharmacy that eschews abortion and birth control could be the start of new pharmacies that provide safe havens.Those safe havens would protect pharmacists from being forced to dispense abortion drugs or birth control and allow customers to know they are supporting a pro-life option to companies that violate the consciences of medical professionals.Divine Mercy Care Pharmacy opened today in Chantilly, Virginia with a blessing of the building by the Most Reverend...
  • Mother is denied pill by Muslim pharmacist

    10/05/2008 12:12:12 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 177 replies · 2,414+ views ^ | 03 Oct 2008 | Paul Stokes
    A woman was refused the "morning-after pill" by a supermarket's duty pharmacist because it was against his religious beliefs. Ruth Johnson, 33, who has two children, including a month-old baby, had not been using her usual method of contraception with her fiancée. She went to the Tesco dispensary in Hewitts Circus, Cleethorpes, Lincs, and asked an as assistant for the pill Levanelle. Miss Johnson was told it could only be dispensed by the locum pharmacist who was called to speak with her. She said: "He came out from behind a screen and told me that he would not be allowing...
  • Blocking Care for Women

    09/19/2008 9:54:56 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 15 replies · 197+ views
    The New York Times Op Ed ^ | 09/19/09 | HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON and CECILE RICHARDS
    September 19, 2008 Op-Ed Contributor Blocking Care for Women By HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON and CECILE RICHARDS LAST month, the Bush administration launched the latest salvo in its eight-year campaign to undermine women’s rights and women’s health by placing ideology ahead of science: a proposed rule from the Department of Health and Human Services that would govern family planning. It would require that any health care entity that receives federal financing — whether it’s a physician in private practice, a hospital or a state government — certify in writing that none of its employees are required to assist in any way...
  • Christian Docs Urge Support for Law Protecting Pro-Life Healthcare Workers

    09/20/2008 2:08:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 5 replies · 185+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 9/20/08 | Lawrence Jones
    With the President Bioethics Council expected to meet soon over a proposed law protecting the conscience of pro-life healthcare workers, an association of Christian physicians is urging the public to weigh in on the highly debated issue before the deadline for public comments ends next week.   The proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services calls for stronger protections for health professionals who refuse to participate in abortions or dispense emergency contraception or birth control because of personal, moral or religious beliefs. The regulation would require hospitals receiving federal funds to guarantee that, in their hiring process, they do...
  • Pro-life pharmacy owner explains his no-contraception policy

    09/16/2008 1:56:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 256+ views
    CNA ^ | September 16, 2008
    Mike Koelzer Grand Rapids, Sep 16, 2008 / 12:24 am (CNA).- Citing ethical objections and the potential of some contraceptive drugs to cause abortions, some pharmacies in the United States have decided not to carry contraceptives. One such store is Kay Pharmacy in Grand Rapids, Michigan, owned by Mike Koelzer, who explained his decision not to carry contraceptives in an e-mail interview with CNA. Koelzer explained that he stopped supplying birth control pills because, as is written on the drugs’ packaging inserts, such pills decrease the lining of the mother’s uterus. This makes the womb less hospitable for a...
  • "This decision cannot stand"(CA Supremes rule against refusing to artificially inseminate lesbians)

    08/19/2008 5:30:23 PM PDT · by kellynla · 29 replies · 290+ views
    California Catholic Daily ^ | August 19, 2008 | staff
    California physicians may not refuse treatment to patients based on their sexual orientation even if it violates their religious beliefs, the state Supreme Court ruled yesterday. [[Benitez081908.jpg]]In a unanimous decision, the high court said two Vista physicians who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian from Oceanside because their religious convictions prohibited such procedures for unmarried persons could be sued for violating the state’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, reversing an appellate court that had ruled otherwise. “Do the rights of religious freedom and free speech, as guaranteed in both the federal and the California Constitutions, exempt a medical clinic’s physicians from...
  • Calif. court: Homosexual rights trump religious freedom

    08/19/2008 6:38:34 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 430+ views
    One News Now ^ | August 19, 2008 | Jeff Johnson
    The same California Supreme Court that created a "right" to homosexual "marriage" earlier this year has now ruled that the state may force healthcare professionals to provide services that support an immoral and physically dangerous lifestyle. California's highest court was unanimous in its decision on Monday that Christian doctors may not refuse to perform artificial insemination for homosexual patients. (See "California court says no religious exemption for doctors") Attorney Brad Dacus, president of the Pacific Justice Institute (PJI), reacts to the ruling. "This is a clear violation of the fundamental rights of individuals to live and practice their faith," he...
  • Tyranny In the Name of Progress: California bans religious objections to same-sex pregnancies

    08/19/2008 9:57:22 AM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies · 177+ views
    NRO ^ | 8/19/2008 | Andrew McCarthy
    Once again, judges in California have taken sides in the culture wars. On Monday, in North Coast Women’s Care v. Benitez, the Golden State’s highest court ruled that doctors may not rely on their religious principles to refuse in-vitro fertilization for same-sex couples. The decision runs roughshod over the First Amendment’s free-exercise clause, seeking to supplant Judeo-Christian principles with the state-imposed religion of secularism. This is a false choice under the federal Constitution, which makes room for both. Early press reporting indicated that the California court had found the state’s “compelling” interest in preventing discrimination outweighed the complaining doctors’ religious...
  • Court: Lesbians' desires trump doctors' religious rights

    08/19/2008 5:09:50 AM PDT · by Apollos21K · 44 replies · 179+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 8/18/2008 | WND
    A state Supreme Court today ruled that constitutional freedom of religion does not permit doctors to refuse services to homosexual clients, even when those services would violate doctors' moral and religious convictions. In a unanimous decision, the California State Supreme Court ruled against two Christian doctors at a San Diego area fertility clinic who refused to provide a medical procedure for artificial insemination to a lesbian couple. According to court documents, the doctors claimed their religious convictions prohibited them from using intrauterine insemination (IUI) on any unmarried woman, regardless of sexual orientation. The court, however, agreed with the lesbian couple...
  • Will Pro-Choicers Respect Conscientious Choice?

    07/23/2008 7:11:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies · 173+ views
    ZNA ^ | 7/23/2008
    WASHINGTON, D.C., JULY 23, 2008 ( The chairman of the U.S. bishops pro-life committee says an issue is being discussed by members of Congress that should be a matter of agreement between "pro-lifers" and "pro-choicers": respect of conscience. Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the bishops' Committee for Pro-Life Activities, affirmed this in a letter Friday to members of Congress. The cardinal's letter responded to a debate that arose when the New York Times reported on July 15 that it had a draft of proposed federal regulations on the conscience rights of health care providers. According to the Times...
  • White House proposes wide "conscience clause" on abortion, contraception

    07/17/2008 4:09:20 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies · 167+ views
    CWN ^ | 7/17/2008
    Washington, Jul. 17, 2008 ( - Under a policy proposed by the Bush White House, the US government would require all recipients of federal health-care payments to certify that they do not discriminate against doctors or nurses who refuse to be involved in abortions. New White House policies, circulated for comment this week, would ask all institutions receiving federal health-care grants to provide written assurance that they will not fire-- or refuse to hire-- health-care personnel who express moral objections to abortion. The proposed guidelines extend to some abortifacient drugs that are commonly identified simply as contraceptives. They regulation circulated...
  • Planned Parenthood Blasts Bush Rule to Help Pro-Life Doctors on Abortion

    07/16/2008 10:53:22 AM PDT · by victim soul · 20 replies · 88+ views ^ | July 16, 2008 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- Just one day after news of the proposal became public, Planned Parenthood is attacking a Bush administration plan to help pro-life doctors. The tentative rule would ensure pro-life physicians, nurses and other medical personnel don't face hiring discrimination if they refuse to be involved in abortions. Although Planned Parenthood touts abortion as a voluntary choice, Cecile Richards, the president of the abortion business, attacked the proposal to help doctors avoid abortion coercion. Richards called the idea to stop hiring discrimination a way for President Bush to "sell-out women's health in the most unbelievable way" and claimed...
  • Romney does flip-flop and forces Catholic hospitals to distribute morning-after-pill [2005]

    01/31/2008 11:37:43 AM PST · by AFA-Michigan · 246 replies · 97+ views
    Lifesite News ^ | December 9, 2005 | Gudrun Schultz
    BOSTON -– In a shocking turn-around, Massachusetts’s governor Mitt Romney announced yesterday that Roman Catholic and other private hospitals in the state will be forced to offer emergency contraception to sexual assault victims under new state legislation, regardless of the hospitals’ moral position on the issue. The Republican governor had earlier defended the right of hospitals to avoid dispensing the “morning-after pill” on the grounds of moral dissent. The Boston Globe reported that Romney’s flip on the issue came after his legal counsel, Mark D. Nielsen, concluded Wednesday that the new law supersedes a preexisting statute related to the abortifacient...
  • Wisconsin forces Catholic hospitals to dispense "emergency contraception"

    01/25/2008 7:30:38 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies · 93+ views
    CNA ^ | January 25, 2008
    Madison, WI, Jan 25, 2008 / 04:23 am (CNA).- The Wisconsin State Assembly has passed legislation mandating that all Wisconsin hospitals, including religiously-affiliated hospitals, must inform any self-described victim of sexual assault of “emergency contraception” and must provide it upon her request.Emergency contraception, as defined by the bill, includes both the morning-after pill and the intrauterine device (IUD).  The morning-after pill can alter the lining of the uterus so that a newly conceived embryo cannot implant in the womb, leading to its death.  The IUD always blocks implantation, also causing the death of any newly conceived human being.“It is a...
  • Coast Guard forces vaccine derived from aborted child

    01/13/2008 11:21:43 AM PST · by wagglebee · 47 replies · 651+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 1/13/07 | WorldNetDaily
    A U.S. Coast Guard officer and devout Catholic has filed suit to prevent being forced to receive a vaccination derived from the lung of an aborted child after a higher ranking officer disputed his understanding of Church theology. The Alliance Defense Fund filed a complaint last week in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Lt. Cmdr. Joseph Healy, charging the government with using its own arbitrary judgment of what constitutes Catholic theology while permitting religious exemptions to others, effectively discriminating against Healy's sincerely held religious beliefs. Healy's request for religious exemption cited a 2005...
  • Nurses slow down abortion rate (Conscientious Objection by Puerto Rican nurses saves lives)

    01/12/2008 7:25:42 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 16 replies · 337+ views
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | January 12, 2008 | Agostino Bono
    Action by nurses opposed to abortion has reduced by more than half the number of terminations in a Puerto Rican hospital. Fifty-two nurses in the obstetrics unit at the University Hospital for Adults in San Juan, Puerto Rico, have not been assisting at abortions for several months. The hospital is the only public hospital on the Caribbean island that carries out the operation. The nurses have cited "conscientious objection" in their defence - a legal right in Puerto Rico that allows medical personnel to refuse participation in procedures they morally oppose. Dr Riccardo Moscoso, the hospital medical director, told The...
  • Pope Tells Pharmacists Not to Dispense Drugs With 'Immoral Purposes'

    10/29/2007 1:23:27 PM PDT · by ConorMacNessa · 61 replies · 231+ views
    Associated Press via Fox ^ | 10/29/07 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI urged Catholic pharmacists on Monday to use conscientious objection to avoid dispensing drugs with "immoral purposes such as, for example, abortion or euthanasia." In a speech to participants at the 25th International Congress of Catholic Pharmacists, Benedict said that conscientious objection was a right that must be recognized by the pharmaceutical profession.
  • Poll: Should pharmacists have the right to not give the morning after pill if they morally object?

    10/15/2007 7:41:49 PM PDT · by TheEaglehasLanded · 125 replies · 171+ views
    The State Journal Register ^ | October 15, 2007 | Dean Olsen
    The story is on top and the poll is on the bottom
  • Pharmacists sue in federal court after new law forces them to dispense Plan B

    07/28/2007 5:40:06 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 26 replies · 641+ views
    CatholicNewsAgency ^ | Jul 27, 2007 | CNA
    Seattle, Jul 27, 2007 / 08:47 am (CNA).- Pharmacists have sued Washington state over a new regulation that requires them to sell emergency contraception, also known as the "morning-after pill,” because it contains no exception for those who object on the basis of belief or conscience. In a lawsuit filed in federal court Wednesday, pharmacists Rhonda Mesler and Margo Thelen, and Stormans Inc., said the rule that took effect Thursday violates their civil rights by forcing them into choosing between "their livelihoods and their deeply held religious and moral beliefs." "The stakes really couldn't be much higher," plaintiffs' attorney Kristen...
  • South Africa Appeals Court Hears Nurse's Abortion Conscience Clause Suit

    06/25/2007 8:47:27 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 164+ views ^ | | Steven Ertelt
    Johannesburg, South Africa ( -- A South African nurse who faced discrimination for refusing to do abortions had her case heard at an appeals court Friday. The woman filed suit in August 2004 after refusing a hospital's orders to participate in abortions. Sister Wilhelmien Charles has since become the face of those in the medical community who don't want to do abortions. Charles sued the Hospital in Vereeniging because she did not want to be required to do abortions. The suit, filed against Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and the Gauteng hospital seeks immediate reinstatement, 50,000 Rand (over $7,400 U.S. dollars),...
  • Canadian Union Refuses Member’s Right to Oppose Gay “Marriage”

    04/20/2006 6:03:44 AM PDT · by dukeman · 13 replies · 548+ views
    Life Site News ^ | 4/19/06 | Gudrun Schultz
    OTTAWA, Ontario – One of Canada’s largest unions is refusing to recognize a member’s right to freedom of conscience, when that freedom involves opposition to same-sex marriage. The Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) has denied the request of Treasury Board employee Susan Comstock to divert her dues to a charity, a request she made on the grounds that PSAC’s open support of Bill C-38, the bill to legalize gay marriage, went against Ms. Comstock’s personal beliefs. Although PSAC’s collective agreement contains a clause allowing a member to divert their dues to charity for reasons of religious or conscience, the...
  • Legislative Alert for GeorgiaConscience Clause for Pharmacists-hearing today - GA Action Alert!

    03/22/2006 10:38:45 AM PST · by ladyshealth · 234+ views
    SB 123 Receives Hearing Wednesday, March 22, 2006 The Conscience Clause for Pharmacists (SB 123), cleared the Senate earlier this session and will have a hearing in a subcommittee of the House Judiciary Non-Civil chaired by Rep. Tom Knox on Wednesday afternoon. Authored by Senator Jim Whitehead, this legislation would protect pharmacists who refuse to dispense medication that terminates a pregnancy. The Code of Ethics already allows pharmacists to refuse, for any reason, to dispense medication. For that reason, Georgia Right to Life did not initially take a position on this issue.
  • National Campaign Releases Statement on Emergency Contraception

    03/13/2006 6:31:28 PM PST · by 1stFreedom · 24 replies · 428+ views
    National Campaign Releases Statement on Emergency Contraception NEW YORK, Mar. 13 /Christian Wire Service/ -- No Room for Contraception released the following statement today concerning the distribution of emergency contraception and of conscience clauses that ought to protect health care workers from participation in the distribution of these drugs. Mary Worthington, spokeswoman for the campaign, said: "In lieu of forcing pharmacies and hospitals to act in contradiction to personal or religious beliefs, political leaders and public policy makers, especially those who are Catholic, should be enacting laws that protect religious freedom. Our nation was founded on that religious freedom, and...
  • Druggists want morality clause

    03/09/2006 6:27:39 PM PST · by Graybeard58 · 35 replies · 700+ views
    Fargo Forum ^ | March 9, 2006 | Don Davis,
    ST. PAUL – Pharmacists should not be required to dispense medicine such as birth control pills if they feel it would violate their ethics, religion or morals, Michael Barrett says. A Minnesota House committee agreed Wednesday, sending a bill giving pharmacists the right to say no to the full House. Pharmacists testified that there are very few times when one of them cannot fill a prescription in good conscience, but Barrett said the law change is important. “Besides my education, I find my morals and ethics the most important things I bring to my job,” Barrett said. Barrett, a Long...
  • Wal-Mart must stock contraception in Mass

    02/14/2006 10:10:05 AM PST · by LouAvul · 156 replies · 1,966+ views
    modbee ^ | 2-14-06
    BOSTON (AP) - The state board that oversees pharmacies voted Tuesday to require Wal-Mart to stock emergency contraception pills at its Massachusetts pharmacies, a spokeswoman at the Department of Public Health said. The unanimous decision by the Massachusetts Board of Pharmacy comes two weeks after three women sued Wal-Mart in state court for failing to carry the so called "morning after" pill in its Wal-Mart and Sam's Club stores in the state. The women argue state policy requires pharmacies to provide all "commonly prescribed medicines." The board has sent a letter to Wal-Mart lawyers informing them of the decision, said...