Pro-life physicians, nurses and other health-care providers are urging Americans to contact the White House by the end of tomorrow to urge tolerance for those who do not want to provide medical services that violate their religious beliefs.
And Donna Harrison, president of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, says the issue is simple.
“We don’t want to kill our patients,” she said in an interview with Greg Corombos of Radio America/WND.
The audio of her interview is embedded here:
There also is an online petition campaign on the issue at Freedom2Care through which people can contact the Department of Health and Human Services.
The agency’s comment period on the proposed rule change expires at the end of tomorrow.
President Bush, at the closure of his presidency, installed a rule requiring that doctors could not be forced to perform procedures which they find morally objectionable – especially abortion.
Obama’s plan is to rescind the conscience protection.
Physicians already have forecast that if morally objectionable procedures are forced on doctors and nurses, multitudes will simply leave health care, and hospitals even could be closed down.
According to LifeNews.com, a poll last week of 800 Americans found 87 percent believe it is important to “make sure that health-care professionals in America are not forced to participate in procedures and practices to which they have moral objections.”
That perspective was shared by majorities among men, women, adults of all ages, races, regions and political affiliations.
Even 78 percent of those who support legal abortions considered the protections important.
Harrison told Corombos the change actually could be a maneuver on Obama’s part to eliminate pro-life physicians and nurses from the health-care industry.
“We understand we have two patients, the pregnant woman and her unborn child,” she said.
But Harrison said Obama has made clear that abortion will be part of the national health-care plan he’s proposing.
The loss of conscience protection could “gut pro-life physicians from medical care,” she said.
“If abortion is made a part of the health-care plan as it’s proposed, then all entities receiving federal funds will need to provide what the government asks for,” she said. Not providing abortion, “means you’re not part of the system.”