Friday, February 17, 2017

Congressional Bill Would Protect Doctors and Nurses Who Refuse to Assist Abortions

Leading pro-life and faith-based organizations are asking members of Congress to support new legislation that would provide healthcare providers who conscientiously object to abortions the right not to participate in the life-destroying procedure.

The bill, the Conscience Protection Act, was introduced in Congress last year and it passed the U.S. House but was not voted on in the U.S. Senate. Leading pro-life members of Congress are trying again.

The measure also protects health insurance companies that oppose abortion and would rather not cover the procedure. California is one example of a state that currently forces health insurance companies and faith-based groups to comply with elective abortion coverage, with no exemptions based on religious opposition. The Department of Health and Human Services civil rights office declared that faith based organizations in California were mandated to provide abortion coverage.

Because of that, key pro-life and faith groups want Congress to take action. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has backed the legislation, as well as the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission. . . . Read More

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