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Healthcare Workers Right NOT to Abort at Any Stage of Pregnancy

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This past Friday I (Jesse Wisnewski) posted an article entitled, “Big Brother Is Watching You!”  In this article I addressed how health care workers “conscience” in CA is under attack by a judicial system acting like Big Brother from George Orwell’s 1984.  You see, the CA Supreme Court decided unanimously that,

Doctors may not discriminate against gays and lesbians in medical treatment, even if the procedures being sought [such as artifical insemination] conflict with physicians’ religious beliefs (Los Angeles Times, Aug. 19th, 2008)

Not only are individuals and special interest groups attempting to decide for health care workers who they can or cannot “artificially inseminate,” but they are attempting to argue against their moral and/or religious rejections for denying abortion-inducing drugs.

Pro-abortion Special Interest Groups on Controlling Choice

From an article posted August 22nd, 2008 by the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF), we read,

Pro-abortion special interest groups attacked the proposal, an amendment to Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, because they object to protecting doctors who oppose the abortion of very young pre-born children (for the full article click here).

The amendment to the Code of Federal Regulations would,

provide protections for health care workers who have a moral objection to prescribing abortion-inducing drugs.

Regardless of the nuances of the debate, for me, the point boils down to this,

No individual or group should have the right to force another to administer a life ending abortion for anyone, at anytime, through any means. 

ADF Legal Analysis of an Amendment to Title 45

From a letter written by Matthew Bowman on behalf of the ADF to Michael Leavitt, the U.S. Health and Human Service Secretary, we read,

Regulations by the Department of Health and Human Services should rightly recognize that abortion, whether caused by drugs or any other method, is still abortion.  Protecting health care workers who have a moral objection to participating in such abortions is consistent with laws that have been on the books for decades (for a complete copy of the letter click here).

Moreover, ADF attornys believe that the amendment will allow health care workers not to participate in procedures that goes against their conscience.  WIth this in mind, Mr. Bowman goes on to say, 

Despite the allegations of fringe pro-abortion groups, broadly applying the conscience protection to include objection to the abortion of embryos before implantation is legally unassailable.  Such a scope is supported by the language and context of the statues as well as relevant medical science and history.

In concluding his letter to Mr. Leavitt, Bowman respectfully stated,

The text, context, and background of the Church Amendment and its progeny point to one conclusion: the conscience of health care providers is protected in objecing to “abortion” at any state of development from fertilization onward.  The Department should ignore the rhetoric of abortion extremists who themselves oppose rights of conscience, and instead adopt proposed regulations protecting conscience in this broad manner.

Thank you Matthew Bowman and the ADF for your work and service in protecting religious freedom, life, and the sanctity of marriage from Big Brother! 


Jesse Wisnewski serves as the Executive Administrator of Perrow Church in Cross Lanes, WV.  Jesse is married to his best friend Jessica, and they have two sons, Peyton, 10 and Jude, 9 months.  He is currently attending Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary – Charlotte and is completing coursework towards a Master of Divinity. 

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Written by Jeremy Dys

September 8, 2008 at 2:24 pm

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