Christian Doctors Group Gives Obama Petition to Keep Abortion Out of Health Care
by Steven Ertelt
September 15, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — As the leader of a coalition of pro-life groups, an organization for Christian doctors and medical professionals has sent a letter to President Barack Obama informing him that 10,000 people have signed a petition it sponsored urging him and Congress to protect conscience rights and stop abortion mandates.
The Christian Medical Association’s letter to the President noted that the problem of discrimination in health care and protecting conscience rights through both law and regulation are key to protecting patients access to health care now and in the future."
Dr. David Stevens, the head of the Christian Medical Association, commented to LifeNews.com about the letter and the current situation.
Our polling demonstrates that the American people by two-to-one margins support conscience-protecting laws and the conscience-protecting regulation that President Obama plans to get rid of," he said. "Our national survey of nearly 3,000 faith-based healthcare professionals reveals that conscience protections are vital to continuing the faith-based medical care that millions of patients depend upon."
Protecting conscience rights and stopping abortion mandates are crucial for passing healthcare reform legislation," he added.
"The Capps amendment in the House bill, which would publicly fund abortions, and the Kennedy amendment in the Senate bill, which would require physicians to perform or refer for abortions, are like lethal injections to healthcare reform," he said.
CMA Senior Vice President Gene Rudd, M.D., also weighed in on the survey.
Our tri-partisan polling shows that 88% of American patients said it is either very or somewhat important to them that they share a similar set of morals as their doctors, nurses, and other healthcare providers," he said. "And 87% believed it is important to make sure that healthcare professionals in America are not forced to participate in procedures and practices to which they have moral objections.
Its time that the President and Congress get in step with the American people, stop trying to mandate and publicly fund abortions, and start protecting the conscience rights that are key to protecting access to healthcare for millions of poor patients," he added.
During his health care policy speech last week, Obama said he wants to protect the conscience rights of pro-life medical professionals.
However, his administration has started the process of removing protections put in place during the Bush administration to enforce federal conscience laws.
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