Senate Votes Against Allowing Doctors To Decline Performing Abortions

Friday, April 3, 2009

Senate Democrats defeated the Coburn Amendment #828M yesterday. The legislation's purpose was to:

"To protect the freedom of conscience for patients and the right of health care providers to serve patients without violating their moral and religious convictions."

Senator Colbourn remarks:
"The budget includes a $634 billion reserve fund that the President has called a “down-payment” for health care reform...

Dating back to the “Church amendment” of 1973, health care providers are protected from discrimination if they object to participation in certain medical procedures based on moral or religious convictions.2 This law was strengthened in a 1996 Public Health Service Act amendment, which prohibits federal, state, and local governments from discriminating against health care entities and providers that do not provide, train in, or refer for abortions.3 In 2004, the Hyde-Weldon amendment, which has subsequently been approved every year since 2004, further reinforced this statutory intent4:

None of the funds made available in this Act may be made available to a Federal agency or program, or to a State or local government, if such agency, program, or government subjects any institutional or individual health care entity to discrimination on the basis that the health care entity does not provide, pay for, provide coverage of, or refer for abortions."

hattip: gatewaypundit


Euripides said...

If the POTUS can come in a have the CEO of GM resign, if Congress can pass laws to control salaries, they can take the power away from doctors and other medical practitioners the freedom of conscience. Doesn't this scare anyone else in the world?

Secular Heretic said...

It sure is a worry Euripides. Doctors being forced to take part in human sacrifice.

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