Americans Support Medical Professionals' Freedom of Conscience

A whopping 87 percent of American adults believe it is important to “make sure health care professionals in America are not forced to participate in procedures and practices to which they have moral objections.”

The poll, conducted by WomanTrend on behalf of the Christian Medical Association, found support for that statement among 78 percent of those who consider themselves “pro-choice,” and 80 percent of those who voted for President Barack Obama.

The results were presented today in Washington, D.C., as doctors, nurses, pharmacists and medical students gathered to request a meeting with the White House over their right to practice medicine according to their morals.

"Forcing doctors, nurses, pharmacists or others in the health care field to violate their conscience will ultimately jeopardize patients," said Wendy Wright, president of Concerned Women for America.

"Imagine the barbarities that would be committed if providers were not personally committed to strong moral standards. Protecting the right of providers to follow their conscience is crucial to our own health."

President George W. Bush put regulations in place in December to reinforce federal laws that protect medical professionals from being forced to participate in abortion and other anti-life practices. Obama wants to overturn them.

The 30-day public-comment period on the effort to abolish the regulations ends Thursday. 

Source: CitizenLink
Publish Date: April 9, 2009

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