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Lynn v. Sekulow

President Obama has wasted little time since taking office staking out positions that are hostile to protecting human life.

 

Within days of taking the oath of office, President Obama signed an Executive Order repealing what’s been called the “Mexico City Policy” which correctly barred the use of federal funds by non-governmental agencies abroad for abortion counseling and abortions, sets a disappointing tone that will mean more abortions and less protection for the unborn.

And now, a presidential push to undo regulations that protect the conscience rights of pro-life health care providers.  And, there’s more.  The President has nominated Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to head the Department of Health and Human Services.  Sebelius has a record of fighting against parental consent and efforts to curb late-term abortions.  And, there are questions about her association with noted abortionist Dr. George Tiller

 

Here’s the problem: we enshrine abortion and protect the life-ending practices of so-called ‘health care professionals’ like Tiller.  At the same time, though, we won’t support federal protection for pro-life health care professionals who frequently face discipline and even job loss because of their religious beliefs?  Absurd.

 

These ‘conscience clause’ cases are an important area of litigation where we’ve been active now for many years representing health care professionals in many states.   Just a couple of months ago, we secured an important victory for pro-life pharmacists when the Illinois Supreme Court said the religious objections of pro-life health professionals must be considered by the Illinois courts.

 

Barry, this latest move by the Obama Administration – to overturn the protection afforded to pro-life health care professions – is very troubling.   And it’s certain to guarantee one result – continuing litigation to protect the ‘conscience rights’ of health care professionals.

 

Health care professionals must be able to practice their profession in a manner consistent with their consciences. Barry, what say you?

 

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