Hello sisters! This is an email I got this morning from my friends sister. She is a nurse who does not wish to participate in abortions but may soon be forced to do so. There are enough people out there willing to do them, the rest should not be forced. Please go to the link and help before Thursday!
Dear friends and family,
I need your help. PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO ALL THOSE WHO YOU THINK WILL HELP. I do not want the department of health and human services to remove the religious liberty and conscience protection that allows me to perform my nursing. I do not want to be put into a ethical decision to participate in an abortion. This is in violation of my religious freedoms. All Christian medical professionals need your help before April 9. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is inviting public comment on a proposal to rescind an important federal regulation issued in December. The regulation implements and enforces three federal laws protecting the conscience rights of health care providers, especially those at risk of being discriminated against because of their moral or religious objection to abortion. PLEASE, This only takes two minutes. Please go to the following website for more information and to email the Department or Health and Human Services. (this link)
Protecting Conscience Rights in Health Care: Our Voice is Needed!
Religious liberty and freedom of conscience have been building blocks of our society since its founding. We respect conscientious objection for those opposed to war, physicians opposed to taking part in capital punishment, and others who object to involvement in the taking of life. We can do no less in the context of abortion.
Conscience protection does not threaten access to health care. Allowing health care providers to serve the public without violating their consciences protects and enhances access to health care, by ensuring continued participation by some of our most dedicated health professionals. Catholic and other faith-based providers are specially called to serve the poorest and most vulnerable, from the inner city to remote rural areas – if they are driven away, who will replace them?
Abortion, in particular, cannot be seen as “standard” health care. Most physicians, nurses and hospitals choose not to provide abortion, and the Hippocratic Oath that established medicine as a profession has rejected abortion for many centuries. Forcing health professionals to be involved in abortion against their will shows a distorted sense of priorities—one that will irreparably damage the healing professions and undermine efforts to work together for health care reform.
All persons are encouraged to submit comments. Health care professionals—hospital administrators, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, technicians, and the like—should submit examples or personal experiences where discrimination was or is a concern. Please write now urging the Administration to retain the regulation protecting conscience rights!
For excellent comments by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of General Counsel,