March 11, 2009

Petition to maintain "Conscience Clause"

Imagine a Christian pro-life doctor being asked to perform an abortion. This doctor is being asked to do something that, although it is legal, is in opposition to his religious beliefs.

This issue of conscience prompted President George Bush to sign into law what has been termed "The Conscience Clause." Here's Wikipedia's explanation of this:

Conscience clauses are clauses in laws in some parts of the United States which permit pharmacists, physicians, and other providers of health care not to provide certain medical services for reasons of religion or conscience. Those who choose not to provide services may not be disciplined or discriminated against. The provision is most frequently enacted in connection with issues relating to reproduction, such as abortion, sterilization, and contraception, (hence the term provider conscience is used) but may include any phase of patient care.

Health care providers opposed to abortion or contraception support the clauses because without them, they would be obliged to supply lawful professional services to which they objected, and potentially be subject to disciplinary or legal action for refusing. [more...]

President Barack Obama is set to overturn this law. He has stated his intention to do so. If you would like to voice your opposition to this initiative, please follow the link below and sign the petition.

Sign the petition to keep the conscience clause here. The Be Heard Project.

3 comments:

  1. PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD ENDING: HURRY TAKE ACTION NOW!!

    Rescission Proposal: 0991-AB49 http://www.regulations.gov/search/search_results.jsp?css=0&&Ntk=All&Ntx=mode+matchall&Ne=2+8+11+8053+8054+8098+8074+8066+8084+8055&N=0&Ntt=0991-AB49&sid=12078CBEF750

    On April 9, the 30 day comment period will end in which citizens can voice their concern of President Obama's rescission of the conscience clause. This clause allows medical professionals and organizations (such as hospitals) to choose not to provide services which are contrary to their religious beliefs or missions. This specifically pertains to the performance of abortions and sterilizations. Information on the clause and to make a public comment can be found at http://www.regulations.gov/search/search_results.jsp?css=0&&Ntk=All&Ntx=mode+matchall&Ne=2+8+11+8053+8054+8098+8074+8066+8084+8055&N=0&Ntt=0991-AB49&sid=12078CBEF750

    The conscience clause has been in effect since the 1970's, for over 30 years. During that time, abortions and sterilizations have grown in both demand and availability, being readily available throughout the country even in rural areas. Therefore, the existence of this regulation has in no way limited the ability of all Americans to receive these services if they choose.

    This clause has, however, protected the freedom of both medical professionals and medical organizations (a corporation is legally a "person"). It allows those individuals to conduct their medical work without being forced into any conduct that would contradict their faith views. It allows hospitals with faith-based missions to continue to practice as well. Note that Catholic hospitals are the largest provider of hospital services in the United states. Then consider other hospitals with faith based missions, and you can see the import of this clause to allowing these organizations to exist, as well as see that this clause has in no way limited availability of abortion services.

    There is an old saying "if it ain't broke, why fix it?". This is true here. After 30 years, this amendment is well tested and has not inhibited the quality of health care provided to Americans.

    So why now is the Obama administration attempting to rescind this clause? We don't know, but clearly it is not for the purpose of improving health care.

    What will be the results if this is rescinded? Catholic hospitals across the country, the largest provider of hospital services in this nation, will close down. Medical professionals of all faiths will risk losing their job due to religious discrimination or have to willingly give up their job. So the quality of healthcare IN EVERY SINGLE AREA OF HEALTH will be drastically and negatively affected, as well as religious discrimination and persecution institutionalized in our healthcare system. And all done to force mandatory abortion services that are not even needed because sufficient facilities and personnel exist to provide these.

    So why now is I the Obama administration attempting to rescind this clause? It makes absolutely no sense.

    Summary:

    Our country was founded upon religious freedom. To repeal this clause and force individuals as well as medical organizations to conduct acts against their religious beliefs or corporate mission statements is discrimination. There are sufficient providers of abortion and sterilization services across the country, even in rural areas; it is clearly not necessary to force medical professionals and organizations to conduct these services. This clause has been in effect for over 30 years without causing any undue hardship to the American people. Therefore, there is no sound, need-based reason for rescinding this clause. The reason can only be discrimination against people of faith. In rescinding this clause, our government is potentially ruining our entire health care system simply for the purpose of making abortion mandatory (note, it is already easily available). Even citizens with no particular faith belief can see how their overall health care will be adversely affected by this action. This defies all logic and so can only be hate based.

    It is important that every American, whether or not of any faith belief, stand up and insist this clause remain in effect for the continued quality healthcare of all American citizens IN ALL FIELDS OF MEDICINE. Don't let a political agenda destroy our healthcare system.

    CALL BY THURSDAY BETWEEN 9AM AND 5PM EASTERN STANDARD TIME:
    Comments: 202-456-1111
    Switchboard: 202-456-1414

    OR

    EMAIL YOUR OBJECTION NOW
    proposedrescission@hhs.gov

    OR

    TYPE YOUR OBJECTION INTO THE WEBFORM NOW http://www.regulations.gov/search/search_results.jsp?css=0&&Ntk=All&Ntx=mode+matchall&Ne=2+8+11+8053+8054+8098+8074+8066+8084+8055&N=0&Ntt=0991-AB49&sid=12078CBEF750
    (IF YOU HAVE TROUBLE WITH THAT LINK GO TO www.Regulations.gov
    ENTER 0991-AB49 into Search Documents
    (You will be able to get the facts here)
    Then click on Send a Comment or Submission

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  2. I oppose Obama's rescission of the Conscience Clause. We can defeat laws taking away our freedom if we unite and don't back down to government intrusion into our rights as American Citizens. It frightens me to think we are losing our freedom little by little. What's next? Wake up America!!!

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    1. A big AMEN!! You're right, Doris and these are scary days.

      I'm sorry it took me so long to get your comment posted. These older posts require my approval before they'll post comments and it was a very busy day today. But it's great to hear from you.

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