I fully support the Department of Human Services’ proposed regulations to protect the conscience rights of health-care providers who morally oppose abortion, sterilization and other medical procedures. The suggested rules clearly support existing federal law, and just as obviously are based on our First Amendment freedoms of religion and public expression.
Implementation of these rules will help assure that doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals will not be forced to violate their principles or their professional commitment in the name of political correctness, and it will provide the American people the necessary assurance that they will not become complicit in the morally objectionable practice of abortion by funding it with their tax dollars.
As a member of the Center for Moral Clarity, a national Christian grassroots organization, I appreciate Secretary Leavitt’s leadership on this issue. Thank you for bringing this important matter to the attention of the American people.