Conscience Rights Defeated ~ Please let your voice be heard today!!!!

Please pray! and ACT NOW!!!!!

We are the people and we must protect our Catholic and (protestant) Christian Health Care workers now… Please make a stand today!!!

Who will we be when we begin to act without a “Conscience”?

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The US Conference of Catholic Bishops is asking all Catholics to respond. See press release below. Please respond before April 9.
White house phone # 202-456-1111. It is recommended you keep trying if you get a busy signal.
Web page to email the White House: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/
Catholic Medical Association Web Page with more information: : www.freedom2care.org

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PRESS RELEASE FROM THE CATHOLIC LEAGUE FOR RELIGIOUS AND CIVIL RIGHTS

April 3, 2009

CONSCIENCE RIGHTS DEFEATED

Yesterday an amendment introduced by Sen. Tom Coburn to protect the conscience of patients and health care providers was defeated by a vote of 56-41. The amendment was proposed in light of the Obama administration’s plans to rescind the rule, which was issued in December by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), that protects the right of health care workers at federally-funded facilities to refuse to perform or be involved in medical procedures that violate their consciences.

Catholic League president Bill Donohue spoke to this issue today: “The failure of the administration and the Senate to protect freedom of conscience is an outrageous violation of human rights and a slap in the face to Catholics and other people of faith. No one in the health care field should ever be compelled by law to perform or assist in a procedure that violates his conscience. This should be an elementary right, yet there are those who want to trespass on it.”

Francis Cardinal George, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has called upon Catholics to let the government know that conscience protections are fundamental rights of Americans. He expressed concern that reversal of the current rule “would be the first step in moving our country from democracy to despotism. Failure to protect the right of conscience, combined with overturning the Mexico City Policy, supporting the United Nations Population Fund, funding embryonic stem cell research and nominating radical abortion rights supporter Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius to be the Secretary of HHS, sends the message to Catholics that their concerns are not important. We implore all lawmakers to reconsider this issue with an eye toward restoring the conscience rights of health care workers.”

Susan A. Fani
Director of Communications
The Catholic League for Religious
and
Civil Rights
450 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY
10123

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