The American Center for Law & Justice is encouraging people to sign a petition to protect the Conscience Clause, which allows doctors and other medical personnel to abstain from performing services (most notably abortion) which are against their beliefs and convictions. The petition can be found at BeHeardProject.com:
President Obama: Respect My Pro-Life Convictions
You have strong convictions, but President Obama says that doesn’t matter. He’s ready to rescind the Conscience Clause.
The Conscience Clause was implemented by former President George W. Bush to give physicians and nurses the choice to act according to their conscience — to not participate in abortion procedures if it conflicts with their personal convictions. If President Obama makes this damaging move, if he reverses the Conscience Clause, pro-life doctors and nurses will be forced into performing abortion procedures, despite their individual beliefs.
The announcement was made Friday, March 6, 2009. Since the official announcement was made, the public now has 30 days to file comments with the White House … so we’ve got 30 days to make our voices heard at the White House.
Make a difference in this nation and stand for the freedom to act according to your conscience. Sign the online “Petition to Protect Pro-Life Doctors” below now. It will be delivered and filed at the White House no later than April 8, 2009. Get the word out now. BE HEARD!
Perspective from members of both sides of the issue can be found below, as reported by KJCT8:
One group against Obama’s planned reversal demonstrated in front of St. Mary’s hospital today. Both sides of the issue hold strong opinions.
Patti Brown was one of the demonstrators. “[It’s important] our citizens become aware of this because no matter what your stand is on the abortion issue, citizens should be outraged that our rights can be taken away if we morally .”
Emilie Ailts of N.A.R.A.L., a group supporting pro-choice believes differently. “People, like secretaries who schedule appointments or whole health care organizations, [can] deny access to contraception or even referral to sources where they might get contraception…which would include victims of sexual assault.”
Those against the change are worried the reversal could force medical workers to leave their job due to their ethics. But those pleased with the reversal say health-care providers have a moral obligation to their patients despite their own beliefs.
Consider defending the pro-life nurses and doctors in our land from being required to perform or aid in abortion procedures. Consider signing the ACLJ petition, which will be delivered and filed with the White House.