Cecile Richards: Force Christian Doctors and Nurses to Perform Abortions

National   Steven Ertelt   Feb 15, 2018   |   12:36PM    Washington, DC

For the second time in two months, the outgoing president of the Planned Parenthood abortion business has said that Christian doctors and nurses ought to be forced to perform abortions.

Last month, Cecile Richards sent an email to supporters of the Planned Parenthood abortion company asking them to contact the Department of Health and Human Services to reject proposed guidelines protecting the conscience rights of medical professionals who don’t want to be forced to be involved in abortions by either killing unborn children or referring patients for abortions. Without such conscience protections, pro-life doctors, Christian medical workers, and others who do not want to be abortion participants would be forced to be involved in abortions — as has happened in numerous cases across the country and around the world.

Richards sent Planned Parenthood abortion activists a follow-up email today asking them to once again speak out against conscience rights for medical professionals.

“President Trump continues to outdo himself when it comes to pushing terrible health care policy that will do nothing but hurt patients,” Richards claims in the new email. “But his latest attack is truly shameful: a proposed rule released by HHS seeks to encourage health care workers to discriminate against patients by refusing to provide care because of religious, moral, or personal objections.”

“Heath care workers might refuse to treat a person seeking an abortion,” Richards adds.

As always, Richards wraps the opposition in language of women;s rights of reproductive health — never mind that women can access abortion at hundreds of locations nationwide without forcing Christian medical professionals to perform or refer for abortions:

HHS is collecting official public comments on this outrageous new proposal, and it’s our best opportunity to stop it before it becomes the law — impacting people everywhere across the country.

Take a moment to submit your official comment to HHS: Don’t encourage discrimination against people seeking health care.

The number of comments we collect can be used in legal challenges to stop these attacks — so your submission really matters (and it only takes two minutes!).

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Make no mistake: This is nothing but Trump’s latest attempt to prevent people from getting the care they need, simply because of who they are, whom they love, or the kind of care they seek. To make matters worse, two weeks ago the administration issued new guidance encouraging states to block Medicaid patients from getting care at Planned Parenthood health centers.

In each and every one of Trump’s attacks on reproductive health care, it’s patients who are hurt the most. From people living with HIV to trans people to those seeking abortions, these attacks make it even harder for people to access care.

Richards had the same request of abortion proponents last month. In fact, the text of the two action alerts appears identical.

As LifeNews reported, Trump launched a new division within the Department of Health and Human Services to protect nurses and doctors who don’t want to perform abortions. The division will protect anyone who has a “moral objection” to involvement in an abortion because it kills an unborn child before birth.

“The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division has been established to restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom,” HHS Acting Secretary Eric Hargan said upon announcement. “The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division has been established to restore federal enforcement of our nation’s laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom.”