District of Columbia leaders are considering a pro-abortion bill that could force pro-life organizations to hire abortionists.
On Thursday, pro-life advocates testified against the proposal during a D.C. Council Government Operations Committee hearing, the Washington Times reports.
The pro-abortion bill, or the Strengthening Reproductive Health Protections Amendment Act, would prohibit hiring discrimination based on if the candidate has performed abortions or plans to in the future, according to the report.
Katie Glen, a lawyer with Americans United for Life, told the committee that the bill could force religious and pro-life charities to violate their beliefs, according to the report.
“Forcing pro-life health care providers to violate their moral and religious beliefs under the guise of ‘nondiscrimination’ is antithetical to the very value — pluralism — this law is meant to defend,” Glen said.
The bill also would prohibit the district government from “interfering with reproductive health care decisions,” an overarching ban that Students for Life leaders say could make back alley abortions legal again.
Representatives of the pro-life student group warned the committee that the bill would deregulate abortion in D.C., making it less safe for women and babies.
“Despite what we learned about the conditions in the ‘house of horrors’ found in the abortion facility run by convicted murderer and abortionist Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the leaders in Washington D.C. propose eliminating healthcare requirements for abortionists,” President Kristan Hawkins said in a statement. “Dropping the few laws in place that protect women at an abortion vendor office will make back alley abortions legal again, as no standard for care will be allowed.”
Students for Life Capital Area Regional Coordinator Stephanie Stone called it ironic that the bill would amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 “by ignoring the human rights of unique and living people also in the district: the preborn.”
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Abortion activists, however, claimed the legislation is needed to protect abortion as states across America pass laws to protect the unborn.
Council member David Grosso, who introduced the legislation, argued that his bill would protect D.C. residents, according to the Times.
“While we are well aware that the District of Columbia is subject to the whims of Congress, we are fortunate right now to have a pro-reproductive health majority in the House of Representatives,” Grosso said. “Nevertheless, it is imperative that, as a city, we do our part to protect the rights of our residents.”
Here’s more from the report:
Leila Levi, a lawyer with the National Women’s Law Center, testified that some doctors have lost their jobs for performing abortions on their own time in a separate facility and have been threatened during job interviews about whether they had ever preformed an abortion.
“Unfortunately the reality is doctors and other clinicians have been fired, threatened, demoted, denied opportunities and otherwise punished for providing abortion services, seeking abortion training and speaking publicly about abortion,” Ms. Levi said. …
According to the D.C. Department of Health, there were 3,624 reports of induced terminations of pregnancy in the District in 2017.
While some states have passed laws to protect unborn babies and mothers from abortion, others are working to expand abortions. California just passed a law that forces all public college campuses to provide drug-induced abortions free to students. Illinois, Maine, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont also passed pro-abortion legislation this year to expand the killing of unborn babies in their states.
ACTION ALERT: Contact the DC City Council to oppose this proposal.