Pro-life organizations were quick to respond to the news that President Barack Obama is looking at removing the rules President Bush put in place to protect medical professionals on abortion. They say Obama is disrespecting religious freedoms by putting more pressure on doctors to do abortions.
Tony Perkins, the head of the Family Research Council said the Bush protections are needed for better enforcement of the Church, Coats, and Weldon Amendments that protect health care providers' right of conscience.
These regulations would have increased public awareness of, and ensured governmental enforcement of, these vital statutes. Without them, pro-life medical staff are in jeopardy, he told LifeNews.com.
"For President Obama to do this would be a huge blow to religious freedom and First Amendment rights," he said. "No one should be forced to have an abortion, and no one should be forced to be an abortionist in violation of their religious or ethical convictions."
Medical Group Upset President Obama Will Remove Abortion Conscience Clause
A leading medical group is disappointed that White House officials have indicated that President Barack Obama will likely rescind the Provider Conscience Clause. That's the Bush rule put in place to provide more enforcement for laws protecting medical staff and center from having to do abortions.
David Stevens, the head of the Christian Medical Association, one of the groups seeking to stop the pro-abortion lawsuit file to overturn the regulations, told LifeNews.com the Obama administration had shown no reason for rescinding the rules.
"The Obama administration claims, without offering a shred of statistical evidence, that the regulation has 'created confusion' and will somehow hinder access to healthcare," he told LifeNews.com.
"What can be clearer than not using federal funds to force healthcare professionals to violate longstanding principles of medical ethics like the Hippocratic Oath, which guided medicine for over two millennia?" Stevens asked. Here's an excerpt:
WITH PURITY, HOLINESS AND BENEFICENCE I will pass my life and practice my art. Except for the prudent correction of an imminent danger, I will neither treat any patient nor carry out any research on any human being without the valid informed consent of the subject or the appropriate legal protector thereof, understanding that research must have as its purpose the furtherance of the health of that individual. Into whatever patient setting I enter, I will go for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief or corruption and further from the seduction of any patient.