By Tom Grenchik
May 27, 2016
Millions of Americans are deeply
concerned about abortion. And tens of thousands of health care professionals do
not want to be forced to participate in abortion in any way. Yet everywhere you
look, great pressure is being exerted on individuals and institutions to
cooperate in abortion.
It would seem that our current
Administration is anything but "pro-choice" on abortion. It's not enough that
abortion is sometimes funded with our taxes. It's not enough to insist on
forcing coverage of abortifacient drugs and devices in health plans, even for
the Little Sisters of the Poor. They
want every health care provider and every institution, Catholic or otherwise,
to perform or refer for abortions.
So while Americans, especially
young people, are growing more and more in respect for unborn children, the
Administration wants to force even the most unwilling "accomplices" to violate
Federal laws protecting
conscientious objection to abortion have been approved for decades by legislators
and presidents of both major political parties. But current laws are legally vulnerable,
have loopholes limiting their effectiveness, and in this Administration are
Take the case of Cathy
Cenzon-DeCarlo, R.N., who was
forced by her employer to participate in a late-term abortion against her
deeply-held beliefs. Threatened with losing her job and even her nursing
license, she had to be present for the bloody dismemberment of an unborn child
and then account for all the body parts. That was a major violation of her
conscience rights. She then found she had no right to go to court to keep this
from happening to others. Watch her story, Stand with Cathy for
Conscience Rights on
YouTube, and share it with your friends & social networks.
For years the Catholic Bishops have
asked Congress to reform federal laws on conscience rights, especially to
protect individual and institutional health care providers who object to abortion
– good citizens like Cathy DeCarlo.
Like Cathy, most medical
professionals want nothing to do with abortion. They need Congress to pass sensible
legislation like the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (H.R. 4828/S. 2927). Over two dozen pro-life and medical
organizations have already joined the bishops in urging Congress to do so. We need as many pro-life people as possible from
across the country to send e-mail messages to their elected representatives, urging them to support the Conscience
Nurses like Cathy need your support.
To help out, please:
- Watch & share the video "Stand with Cathy for Conscience Rights."
- Take action! Send your message to Congress today!
The Conscience Protection Act would
be an enormous step forward in assuring that Americans who serve the sick and
needy can do so without being forced by government to violate their most deeply
held convictions on respect for innocent human life. For more information about
the need to protect conscience rights, visit www.usccb.org/conscience.
Let us pray that Congress will have
the courage to move this sensible legislation forward.
is Executive Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops. Visit www.usccb.org/conscience to learn more about the bishops' efforts on protecting conscience rights.
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