Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Conscientious Objection to Abortion

President Bush and the Department of Health and Human Services are drafting legislation that is causing some uproar in the "pro-choice" community. In the draft, any organization that uses federal funding (hospitals, researchers, med-schools, clinics, etc.) has to sign a contract stating that they will not discriminate hiring a person that objects to abortion or contraception based on moral grounds. If the organization does refuse to hire the pro-life person, they could lose their federal funding! One popular abortion mill receives millions a year in federal funding. If that financial backing were cut, it would be a serious blow. Here is the link to the Times article that describes all of it: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/15/washington/15rule.html

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, wrote an interesting letter to congress. You can read it here: http://www.usccb.org/prolife/rigali-conscience071808.pdf . Interestingly, he questions if the pro-choice crowd is truly pro-choice if they don't respect the choice of the health care provider to refuse abortion-related services or referals.

Peace of God be with us all.

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