Planned Parenthood Blasts Bush Rule to Help Pro-Life Doctors on Abortion

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jul 16, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Planned Parenthood Blasts Bush Rule to Help Pro-Life Doctors on Abortion

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by Steven Ertelt Editor
July 16
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — Just one day after news of the proposal became public, Planned Parenthood is attacking a Bush administration plan to help pro-life doctors. The tentative rule would ensure pro-life physicians, nurses and other medical personnel don’t face hiring discrimination if they refuse to be involved in abortions.

Although Planned Parenthood touts abortion as a voluntary choice, Cecile Richards, the president of the abortion business, attacked the proposal to help doctors avoid abortion coercion.

Richards called the idea to stop hiring discrimination a way for President Bush to "sell-out women’s health in the most unbelievable way" and claimed it is a "massive betrayal of women and families."

"We’ve known for some time that anti-choice extremists have wanted President Bush to deliver them some sort of ‘gift’ before he leaves office. This rule change is just that gift," Richards contends.

Richards says the rule would apply to Planned Parenthood facilities because they receive federal funds.

"The rule would also require entities that receive family planning funding, like Planned Parenthood, to certify that we will not refuse to hire nurses and other providers who object to abortion and even certain types of birth control," she complains.

To stop the proposed rule, Planned Parenthood is launching a massive campaign against it, including emails to its membership to get them to contact President Bush and urge opposition to it.

While Planned Parenthood wants to force medical professionals to be involved in abortions and punish them when they don’t, Wendy Wright, the president of Concerned Women for America, tells the proposed rule is a good one.

"For over 35 years, federal laws have protected the conscientious rights of healthcare professionals, but they were not fully implemented for lack of thorough regulations to enforce them," she explains.

"As more controversial drugs and procedures get introduced, and additional pressure is put on healthcare providers to either compromise their moral commitments or lose their jobs, the need has become greater for regulations to catch up with the law," she told

Wright talked about the opposition from Planned Parenthood and said their opposition makes them look hypocritical.

"Clearly, abortion advocates do not believe in the ‘right to choose’ if the choice is not to participate in abortion or provide drugs that can take the life of a human being," she concluded.

ACTION: Send your comments to the White House in favor of the rule to protect doctors and nurses from being discriminated against in hiring if they oppose abortions. Send an email to [email protected].

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