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    Nat Hentoff, Pro-Life Journalist Extraordinaire

    Daniel J. Engler  

    Few people have ever heard of Ana Rosa Rodriguez. But that is not the fault of Nat Hentoff, the renowned jazz critic, author, and syndicated columnist who died in Manhattan on January 7 at 91. You see, Mr. Hentoff was also a superb investigative reporter, one who was relentless at digging out the truth and fearless in telling it.

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  • Q&A with the Scholars: The Science of Fetal Pain

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Sheila Page, D.O., is board certified in Neuromusculoskeletal Medicine and Osteopathic Manipulative Therapy. She treats a wide spectrum of patients from the newborn to the elderly, including patients with irreversible and terminal illness. Dr. Page has a special interest in children with disabilities, particularly those whose burden of care is difficult and who have been given little hope for a better quality of life. Dr. Page is one of our nearly 40 associate scholars. In this interview, she discusses palliative care and the science of fetal pain.

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    Utah Considers Ban on Telemedicine Abortions

    Tim Bradley  

    A bill prohibiting doctors from issuing prescriptions for drugs to cause abortion via remote video or telephone conference passed Utah’s House Public Utilities, Energy, and Technology Standing Committee on January 30.

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  • Letter from Aaron Kheriaty, M.D., to American Medical Association in Opposition to Physician-Assisted Suicide

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    For almost a quarter of a century, the American Medical Association (AMA) has opposed physician-assisted suicide, stating that it is “fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer, would be difficult or impossible to control, and would pose serious societal risks.” In strong language, the AMA has concluded that “permitting physicians to engage in assisted suicide would ultimately cause more harm than good” and that physicians “should not abandon a patient once it is determined that cure is impossible.”

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  • Written Testimony of George Delgado, M.D, F.A.A.F.P., in Support of Colorado Abortion Pill Reversal Bill

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    On Thursday, February 9, 2017, the Colorado House Health, Insurance and Environment Committee held a hearing regarding House Bill 1086 (HB 1086), the Abortion Pill Reversal Information Act. HB 1086 provides that prior to initiating a chemical abortion, a physician must alert the woman to the fact that it may be possible to reverse the abortion should she change her mind and that information on the possibility of reversal is available in state-prepared materials.

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  • Written Testimony of Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D., in Support of Texas Bill to Prohibit Human Fetal Tissue Research

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    On Wednesday, February 15, 2017, the Texas Committee of Health and Human Services held a hearing regarding Texas Senate Bill 8 (SB 8). SB 8 prohibits partial-birth abortions, prohibits donation of human fetal tissue except by certain authorized facilities to accredited universities, and prohibits the purchase or sale of human fetal tissue. Charlotte Lozier Institute Associate Scholar Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D., submitted the following written testimony in support of SB 8.

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    Video: Dr. Joel McGuirk and the Adult Stem Cell Revolution

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Today the Charlotte Lozier Institute releases its sixth in its series of Stem Cell Research Facts videos. This story features the work of Dr. Joseph McGuirk, an adult stem cell expert at the University of Kansas Hospital, and tells the story of Chance Runnion’s recovery from leukemia after an adult stem cell transplant.

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    Q&A with the Scholars: Science and the Beginning of Human Life

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Maureen Condic, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah. She has been a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, a distinguished group of physicians, scientists, and theologians from the international community whose mission it is to study questions and issues regarding the promotion and defense of human life from an interdisciplinary perspective, since 2014. Dr. Condic is one of our nearly 40 associate scholars. In this interview, she discusses the beginning of human life and the moral status of the human being.

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  • Transcript of Remarks of Chuck Donovan on the Release of “Abortion Worldwide Report”

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    On January 25, Charlotte Lozier Institute President Chuck Donovan presented opening remarks* at the Family Research Council during an event launching the major report entitled, “Abortion Worldwide Report: 100 Countries, 1 Century, 1 Billion Babies.” The report, authored by William Robert Johnston, Ph.D., and Thomas W. Jacobson, M.A., is the first to systematically track reported abortions in 100 nations, territories, and regions, from the year of authorization through 2015. The report contains 4,915 country years of data compiled by Johnston and Jacobson over the last 32 and 14 years, respectively. Below are the full introductory remarks by CLI’s Chuck Donovan.

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    Q&A with the Scholars: Surrogacy and Assisted Reproductive Technology

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Jennifer Lahl, R.N., M.A., is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. She serves on the North American Editorial Board for Ethics and Medicine and on the Board of Reference for the Institute on Disability. Ms. Lahl is one of our nearly 40 associate scholars. In this interview, she discusses surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology.

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    Lessons from the Netherlands: Proceed with Caution

    Tim Bradley  

    The doctor asked the elderly Dutch woman’s family members to hold her down while the fatal dose was administered.

     

    The woman was suffering from dementia and had previously affirmed that she wanted to be euthanized “at the right time,” but the determination of the “right time” for her to die was apparently made without her consultation. After being placed in a nursing home, she exhibited signs of fear and anger and wandered the building at night. The senior doctor at the nursing home judged that the woman was no longer capable of giving her consent to euthanasia, but that the circumstances nevertheless warranted action.

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  • Richard Doerflinger, M.A.

    Q&A with the Scholars: Physician-Assisted Suicide and Euthanasia

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Richard Doerflinger, M.A., is a Public Policy Fellow with the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Ethics and Culture and an Adjunct Fellow in Bioethics and Public Policy at the National Catholic Bioethics Center in Philadelphia. He was formerly Associate Director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, where he worked for 36 years. He also serves on the Advisory Board to the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. Mr. Doerflinger is one of our nearly 40 associate scholars. In this interview, he discusses physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia. View More

  • Q&A with the Scholars: The State of U.S. Abortion Law

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Samuel B. Casey, J.D., is a public interest lawyer well-known for his defense of the sanctity of human life. Mr. Casey is the Managing Director and General Counsel of the Jubilee Campaign’s Law of Life Project, and is also a founding organizer of the Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity and serves on its advisory board. He has served as the founding chair of the Alliance Defense Fund (now the Alliance Defending Freedom) and the Healthcare Freedom of Conscience Working Group, and is an organizational representative within the Freedom2Care Coalition. Mr. Casey is one of our nearly 40 associate scholars. In this interview, he discusses the history and current state of abortion law in the United States.

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    A Person’s a Person: Inconsistent Treatment of the Unborn in the Law

    Tim Bradley  

    Women in the United States have possessed a broad legal right to abortion since Roe v. Wade and its companion case were handed down by the Supreme Court in 1973. Outside of the abortion context, though, the unborn child possesses broad legal rights in American property, torts, and criminal law.

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    Q&A with the Scholars: Down Syndrome and Prenatal Testing

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Mark Bradford is President of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation USA since 2012. Mr. Bradford has been researching Down syndrome-related issues and advocating for individuals with Down syndrome since his son, Thomas, was born with Down syndrome in 2001. He has been a featured expert contributor for CLI’s website, and his major CLI paper can be found here: “Improving Joyful Lives: Society’s Response to Difference and Disability.” In this interview, he discusses Down syndrome and prenatal testing.

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  • Alabama Supreme Court Rules in Support of Unborn Life

    Tim Bradley  

    Kimberly Stinnett learned from her obstetrician on May 9, 2012, that she was pregnant. Stinnett called her doctor’s answering service just two days later when she experienced fever and abdominal cramps. Karla Kennedy, M.D., called back and told Stinnett to report to the emergency room at a nearby hospital. Kennedy was not Stinnett’s regular obstetrician, but was sharing calls with him that weekend.

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  • Katherine Rafferty, Ph.D., M.A.

    Q&A With the Scholars: Discussing Chronic Illness and End-of-Life Care

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Katherine Rafferty, Ph.D., M.A., is a lecturer at Iowa State University and previously worked as a Health Communication Specialist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. She conducts research that lies at the intersection of interpersonal and health communication, with a focus on how patients and families manage and cope with chronic illness and end-of-life care. Dr. Rafferty is one of our nearly 40 associate scholars. In this interview, she discusses some of her research and findings on chronic illnesses and end-of-life care.

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    Q&A With the Scholars: Practicing Maternal and Fetal Medicine

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Steve Calvin, M.D., is an Associate Clinical Professor in the Clinical Scholar track in the Department of OB/GYN and Women’s Health at the University of Minnesota, where he served as co-chair of the Program in Human Rights and Health from 2000 to 2016. Dr. Calvin is board certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the subspecialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine. Dr. Calvin has 35 years of experience in caring for mothers and babies with the entire range of pregnancy concerns. Dr. Calvin is one of our nearly 40 associate scholars. In this interview, he discusses his experience working in maternal-fetal medicine.

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    Lawsuit Filed Against New Mexico Abortion Center

    Tim Bradley  

    Jessica Duran underwent an abortion at Southwestern Women’s Options (SWO), an abortion center in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in October 2012. Last week she filed a lawsuit against the abortion center and its licensed physicians in Second Judicial District Court for the County of Bernalillo.

     

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    France’s Act of Censorship Embraces Fear

    Dominic J. Donovan, J.D.  

    Sometimes it will be difficult.

     

    On June 25, 2014, France’s Superior Council of Audiovisual Content (“CSA”) reprimanded four television channels for airing a 30-second version of Dear Future Mom (“DFM”) during commercial breaks. Created for World Down Syndrome Day, the DFM video features 15 young people diagnosed with Down syndrome. In the video, the young men and women respond to a concerned mother who has just learned her unborn child faces the same diagnosis.

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    What Happens Next If Roe Is Overturned?

    Tim Bradley  

    A legislator in Indiana has announced plans to introduce a bill that would ban abortion in that state when its legislature convenes in January. In Texas, lawmakers introduced several pro-life measures on November 14, including a proposed amendment to the state constitution prohibiting abortion to the extent permitted by federal law.

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    Charlotte Lozier Institute Adds Five New Scholars

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    The Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) has added five experts in science and bioethics to the ranks of its associate scholars’ team.

     

    “Richard Doerflinger, Maria Feeney, Katherine Rafferty, Tara Sander Lee, and Kathleen Schmainda have already made significant contributions to building a culture of life through their research, writing, and speaking. Charlotte Lozier Institute is honored to welcome these respected, highly accomplished experts to our list of scholars covering the most pressing life-related issues of the day,” said Chuck Donovan, president of Charlotte Lozier Institute.

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    Planned Parenthood Takes Aim at Indiana Ultrasound Law

    Tim Bradley  

    A federal judge heard arguments on November 9 on Planned Parenthood’s challenge to an Indiana law requiring that an ultrasound be performed on a woman seeking an abortion at least 18 hours before the abortion is scheduled to take place.

     

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    The Future of Pro-Life Legislation and Litigation

    Gerard V. Bradley, J.D.  

    In what might still be the most famous moral-philosophical defense of abortion, Judith Jarvis Thomson admitted that “we shall probably have to agree that the fetus has already become a human person well before birth.” “By the tenth week,” Thomson observed, the fetus “already has a face, arms and legs, fingers, and toes; it has internal organs, and brain activity is detectable.” Though she denied that “the fetus is a person from the moment of conception,” she granted that proposition for the sake of arguing for a broad right to abortion.

     

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    Pro-life Law Under Attack in Indiana

    Tim Bradley  

    Innovative pro-life legislation signed into law by Indiana Governor Mike Pence in March of this year is now facing extinction via the legal process.

     

    The law, which forbids doctors from performing an abortion if the reason for the abortion is based on the “race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, or diagnosis or potential diagnosis of the fetus having Down syndrome or any other disability,” was scheduled to go into effect on July 1.

     

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    Baltimore Pregnancy Center Refuses to Stop Fighting, Wins another Legal Victory against Local Ordinance

    Thomas M. Messner, J.D.  

    A pro-life pregnancy help center (PHC) in Baltimore has won another legal victory in its fight against a city ordinance.

     

    The Baltimore ordinance would have forced Greater Baltimore Pregnancy Concerns Center to post a disclaimer in its waiting room stating that it does not provide or make referrals for abortion or birth-control services.

     

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    BBC’s “A World Without Down Syndrome?” Documentary Challenges Practice of Disability-Selective Abortion

    Mark Bradford  

    Imagine you live in San Francisco and decide to move to Flagstaff, Arizona. You meet a friend one evening at a social event, and during your conversation, mention your intention to move. Your friend expresses horror at the idea (even though he has never been). “But why,” he says “would you choose to live in Arizona? It’s hot and filled with deserts.” “But…” you say, “I’ve heard it’s beautiful. Flagstaff has mountains, forests, and is near beautiful red rock canyons.” “But, Arizona!” he says. “Why Arizona? It’s a horrible state. It’s hot and filled with deserts.” Every time you meet this person thereafter, the same conversation takes place, and is even reinforced by others. Finally, you decide that you must have been wrong after all. You really don’t want to leave San Francisco and move to Arizona. “People think I’m crazy for wanting to move to Arizona. It must not be as wonderful as I thought.”

     

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    Proposal to Expand Euthanasia in the Netherlands

    Tim Bradley  

    In 2002, the Netherlands became the first country in the world to decriminalize euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide (PAS) for patients who meet criteria set forth by the law, such as that they endure “unbearable” suffering with “no prospect of improvement.” Now the Dutch government is pushing to expand eligibility to include individuals who have no medical condition but nevertheless feel that their life is completed.

     

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    Protecting Life, Not Punishing Women

    Tim Bradley  

    The treatment of women seeking abortions has arisen several times during the ongoing election cycle. Some abortion advocates claim that pro-lifers want to punish women seeking abortion. They argue that women were punished for having abortions before Roe v. Wade was decided by the Supreme Court in 1973, and that if Roe is repealed women will once again be subject to punishment.

     

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    Assisted Suicide Considered in the Nation’s Capital

    Genevieve Plaster  

    Update (10/5/2016): By a close 3-2 vote, the D.C. Health and Human Services Committee voted in favor of moving forward B21-38 for the full Council vote on October 18, 2016.

     

    On October 5, the District of Columbia’s Committee on Health and Human Services (HHS) will mark-up and vote on a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide. The so-called “Death with Dignity Act” (Bill 21-0038) would permit D.C. adult residents to request and be prescribed drugs to end their lives, if they are given a prognosis of six months or less to live. Last year, during a hearing on the legislation, the Director of D.C.’s Department of Health testified in staunch opposition as the executive witness, stating that the bill would “catapult the District into uncharted territories.”

     

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    March for Life Announces 2017 Theme: “The Power of One”

    Charlotte Lozier Institute  

    Last Thursday, the March for Life hosted a Capitol Hill policy briefing to announce their theme for 2017: “The Power of One.” The event also highlighted the importance of the Hyde Amendment, featuring Charlotte Lozier Institute (CLI) senior policy analyst, Genevieve Plaster, M.A. and CLI associate scholar, Michael J. New, Ph.D. who provided policy background and explained the law’s measurable impact over the past 40 years.

     

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    Whether the U.S. Constitution Permits a Government to Prohibit Abortion in Commercial Surrogacy Is a Question of First Impression

    Daniel Grabowski  

    Whether the U.S. Constitution permits a government to prohibit abortion in the context of commercial surrogacy is a question of first impression.  I have found no court decision directly addressing this issue under either the federal constitution or a state constitution.  This finding is not surprising as I have found no instance of the federal government or any state government imposing a prohibition on abortion in the context of commercial surrogacy.  Accordingly, if such a prohibition were imposed and then challenged in court under the U.S. Constitution, a court would have to decide the question by determining how abortion precedents decided in other contexts, how the rationale underlying those precedents affects a prohibition, and how any other sources of law might apply or not apply in this context.

     

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    Protecting Conscience, Respecting our Heritage

    Tim Bradley  

    The Brocher Foundation, spread throughout eight buildings on three acres of land in Geneva, Switzerland, is dedicated to providing a meeting venue for “scientists and experts in the ethical, legal and social implications of the development of medical research and biotechnologies” to gather and collaborate on bioethical issues.

     

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    A Time for Choosing in Colorado

    Tim Bradley  

    Voters in Colorado will determine whether physician-assisted suicide (PAS) is to be legalized in their state when they head to the polls this November.

     

    California, Oregon, Washington, and Vermont are the only other states that have voted to allow physicians to assist their patients in committing suicide. In Montana, the practice was effectively decriminalized (without immunity from investigation) via a state court decision.

     

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    Ireland High Court: Unborn Child Has Rights “Beyond the Right to Life Alone”

    Nora Sullivan, MPA  

    Earlier this month in Ireland, a High Court judge ruled that the unborn child possesses “significant” rights by common law, by statute, and under the Irish Constitution.

     

    Mr. Justice Richard Humphreys went on to say that the unborn child enjoys rights “going well beyond the right to life alone” and that these rights “must be taken seriously” by the State.

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    Give Me Liberty and Give Me Death?

    Tim Bradley  

    Death by euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide is primed to take off in Canada, as Parliament passed Bill C-14 on June 17. The law, which establishes guidelines under which Canadians can receive assistance in killing themselves or be euthanized by medical personnel, received royal assent the same day. Royal assent can be supplied by the Governor General and does not denote approval by Buckingham Palace.

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    Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Conscience Protection in Illinois

    Tim Bradley  

    Pharmacists Luke Vander Bleek and Glenn Kosirog faced a bleak situation in the summer of 2005: they either had to stock and dispense abortifacients or close up their shops.

     

    Then-Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich had issued an executive rule on April 1 requiring pharmacists to assist customers in obtaining emergency contraceptives upon request and without delay. Herein lies the dilemma: Vander Bleek and Kosirog hold that human life begins at conception, and that drug regimens such as Plan B act to prevent the implantation in the womb of a new, unique member of the human species, thus causing death. They could not, in good conscience, sell such drugs to their customers.

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    iPSCs: A New Gold Standard in Regenerative Medicine?

    Gene Tarne  

    A recent press release from the National Institutes of Health calls attention to a study, published in Stem Cell Reports, that researchers have “developed a clinical-grade stem cell line, which has the potential to accelerate the advance of new medical applications and cell-based therapies for millions of people suffering from such ailments as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, spinal cord injury, diabetes, and muscular dystrophy.”  The development of these clinical grade stem cells, the release notes, “removes a significant barrier in the development of cell-based therapies.”  But is NIH’s promotion of “stem cells” anything new?

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  • Education, Not Propaganda

    Tim Bradley  

    Abortion ends the life of a unique human being. Children in Oklahoma public schools will learn that lesson beginning this fall.

     

    Governor Mary Fallin signed the Humanity of the Unborn Child Act into law on June 6, and the provisions of the law are scheduled to go into effect beginning on November 1. The law, which is aimed at fostering a scientifically accurate understanding of embryology, fetal development, and alternatives to abortion on the part of both students and the general public, aspires to “the purpose of achieving an abortion-free society.”

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    America: A Global Outlier for Its Ultra-Permissive Abortion Policy

    Nora Sullivan, MPA  

    Recently, the Atlantic published an article entitled “Why America is a Global Outlier on Abortion.” The author, Olga Khazan, wrote that the United States stands apart from the rest of the developed world due to restrictions to public funding of abortion.

     

    Ms. Khazan reports on a study published last week in the journal Contraception entitled “Public funding for abortion where broadly legal.” The study examined 80 countries with liberal abortion policies and categorized them based on their funding policies, to compare the level of financial support each government provided for abortions. The categories include those countries which provide full federal funding for abortion (provided for free at government facilities, covered under state-funded health insurance); partial funding; funding for exceptional cases (which typically includes rape/incest/fetal abnormality, as well as cases where the health or life of the mother is at risk); and those countries which provide no public funding abortion.

     

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    U.S. House Passes Legislation to Protect Conscience Rights of Healthcare Professionals

    Genevieve Plaster  

    Last Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to pass the Conscience Protection Act of 2016 (S. 304) by 245-182. In light of egregious cases of prolife nurses being forced to assist in abortions, prolife employers – including churches – in California and New York being mandated to provide coverage of abortion in health plans, and privately funded prolife pregnancy resource centers being required to advertise abortion, this bill’s passage in the House is an important step towards more effectively protecting the civil rights of Americans who do not wish to participate in the abortion industry.

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