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Some Good News on the Rights of Conscience (Temporary, but Good)

Posted by MDViews on December 18, 2008

Some good news from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today.

HHS issued a regulation protecting the rights of conscience for prolife physicians and pharmacists who will not prescribe for, dispense for, refer for or perform aborion. You can read the details in my previous blog post here. You can read the HHS press release here. The entire regulation (127 pages) is here. This hits home. Close to home. This is an answer to prayer.

The Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA) and the American Association of Prolife Obstetricians and Gynecologist, both groups to which I belong, were instrumental in sounding the alarm and flooding Secretary Leavitt’s web site with the rights of conscience arguments when public comments were solicited.

You will here the usual whining and faux shock and concern from the proaborts stating this will deprive women everywhere of needed reproductive services. The proabortion lobby decries this ruling as it codifies what they describe as the “right of refusal” to provide health care, a right no one should be afforded.

The reason for the rule, as I’ve stated before, was the sneak attack by the American College of OB/GYN (ACOG) issuing an “ethics” statement that declared unethical any Fellow of ACOG who did not 1) perform abortions or 2) refer for abortion. That statement was followed closely by the American Board of OB/GYN (ABOG), the group that tests and decides if an OB/GYN is board-certified, stating that all diplomats of ABOG (board-certified OB/GYN’s) would be required to follow the ethics guidelines of ACOG. So by refusing to perform or refer for abortion, an OB/GYN doctor could lose their board certification which is necessary in some hospitals to obtain privileges to practice medicine.

But it will be temporary. Senator Obama has been urged to overturn the ruling as soon as he takes office. The rule takes effect January 19, 2009.  Barack Obama will be sworn in at the 44th president on January 20, 2009.

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