Friday, April 10, 2009

Right of Conscience A Serious Issue

The Department of Health and Human Services, under the guidance of the new Obama Administration, is considering whether to lift the "conscience rule" that protects healthcare workers who refuse to participate in abortions or other medical procedures that violate their moral and religious beliefs.

If the rule is repealed, doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers could lose their jobs or be punished professionally for adhering to their sincerely held religious convictions. This proposal tramples our Constitutional religious freedoms and shows a blatant disregard for the sanctity of human life.
  • Without the conscience clause, healthcare access for hundreds of thousands of patients nationwide will be threatened and healthcare costs will rise because of the lack of facilities to provide needed services.

  • The conscience clause is a necessary regulation to preserve the exclusive patient to doctor relationship. Without it, the government will be able to effectively limit where patients can go for care.

  • Healthcare workers should not lose their jobs or be denied promotions for following their consciences. The conscience clause is necessary to ensure physicians are not penalized for following the Hippocratic Oath and putting the health of their patients first. Learn more in a video by medical professionals here.

Act now to protect healthcare conscience rights and patients' access to care. Contact your U.S. Representative and Senators at

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