On Conscience, HHS Rules!

The FRC is reporting, “He may technically be a “lame duck,” but President Bush is going out with guns blazing. With just two months left in office, the administration dealt a crippling blow to online gambling and is prepared to do the same to the pro-abortion movement on conscience exemptions.”

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Despite an uproar from the usual liberal suspects, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is putting the finishing touches on a rule that would create a hedge of protection around health care professionals who object to abortion or other procedures on moral grounds. 

The regulations, which HHS Secretary Michael Leavitt has promoted for months, would bar anyone who receives federal funds from discriminating against pro-life doctors, nurses, or other medical workers because of their beliefs. 

Pharmacists would also be exempt from dispensing drugs that could end an innocent life — like the abortifacient RU-486. 

If approved before the President leaves office, the rules would be a giant leap forward for the entire medical community, some of whom have been pressured to compromise their convictions on the job. 

Of course, it is likely that President-elect Obama would undo HHS’s hard work, but it would be a long and arduous task. 

Like much of the radical abortion camp, he says these rules would create a hurdle in “women’s health care.” 

However, his argument is severely flawed, considering that abortion is not — nor will it ever be — true health care. 

While Obama says he wants to “reduce abortions,” his promise to sign the Freedom of Choice Act means he’s not opposed to forcing people to perform them. 

Thanks to Secretary Leavitt, more Americans understand that the people who oppose these rules, including President-elect Obama, are the ones imposing their beliefs-not the men and women of faith. 

As Leavitt said on his blog, “Our nation was built on a foundation of free speech. The first principle of free speech is protected conscience. This proposed rule is a fundamental protection for medical providers to follow theirs.” 

Please let the administration know how much you appreciate their perseverance on conscience protections. Log on here to leave Secretary Leavitt a comment expressing your gratitude.