House Leaders: Conscious of Conscience

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If women have a “choice” on abortion, shouldn’t their health care providers? That only seems fair, House Republicans argue. This spring, conservatives are hoping the rest of Congress agrees as part of their latest push to protect everyone’s conscience — not just the ones who share the Left’s views. While the people in America might disagree on the legality of abortion, they do agree that no one should be forced to participate in it. Unfortunately, under Obamacare and other federal policies, that’s exactly what has happened to everyone from policyholders to medical professionals. Either the administration is ordering people to pay for abortion or facilitate it — many cases, against their will.

Under the Conscience Protection Act introduced by Reps. John Fleming (Mo.) and Vicky Hartzler (R-Mo.) in late March, churches like Calvary Chapel Chino Hills in California would no longer be required to cover pills or procedures that can end or prevent a pregnancy. As 26 organizations (including FRC) wrote in a letter to Congress, H.B. 4828 “would mean almost no change in the substantive policy of Congress” but “would be an enormous step forward in assuring Americans who serve the sick and needy that they can do so without being forced by government to violate their most deeply-held convictions on respect for innocent human life.”

Federal and state dollars should never be used to press health care workers to engage in activities that they oppose. If you agree, help us encourage the House Energy and Commerce Committee to do something about it. Join us in calling on Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) to hold a vote on this important legislation! Also, for more on the dark world of the abortion industry, don’t miss Arina Grossu’s piece in The Hill, “The Investigation into the Sale of Aborted Baby Body Parts Must Go on.”

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Tony Perkins
Tony Perkins is president of the Washington, D.C.-based Family Research Council. He is a former member of the Louisiana legislature where he served for eight years, and he is recognized as a legislative pioneer for authoring measures like the nation’s first Covenant Marriage law. (Via FRC’s Washington Update. Tony Perkins’ Washington Update is written with the aid of FRC senior writers.)

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