By Dave Andrusko
Dr. Regina Frost is an OB-GYN, a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, and a physician deeply unsettled by the state of Planned Parenthood’s and New York’s relentless assault of her right of conscience. Dr. Frost penned an eloquent post this week for The Federalist. The headline puts her plight—and the moral dilemma of all pro-life physicians—in stark relief: “New York Pressures OB-GYNs To Perform Abortions Or Leave Medicine: If New York and Planned Parenthood succeed in blocking conscience protections for medical professionals, I may be forced to either violate my conscience or leave the medical profession.”
In her first paragraph, Dr. Frost references a decision by U.S. District Court Judge Paul Engelmayer, about which we wrote last November. At the behest of Planned Parenthood and the state of New York, Judge Engelmayer took dead aim at “Protecting Statutory Conscience Rights in Health Care; Delegations of Authority,” an HHS rule that protects individuals and health care providers from discrimination on the basis of their exercise of conscience in HHS-funded programs.
The decision, Dr. Frost writes, renders “toothless” such long-established laws as “the Weldon Amendment and the Coates-Snow Amendment” which “simply prevent tax dollars from being used to force pro-life doctors like me from performing abortions.”
But “Planned Parenthood and New York don’t like that, so they sued.”
This puts Dr. Frost in an untenable position. She faces the prospect of having no protection against being forced to participate in abortion or physician-assisted suicide which violates her conscience.
“Supported by my colleagues at the Christian Medical and Dental Associations and by the federal government,” she writes, “I have asked a federal appellate court to intervene and allow me to continue to provide compassionate medical care without being forced to violate my conscience.”
Pro-abortionists are impatient with the right of conscience and religious freedom. To the Planned Parenthoods of this world, these protections are tiresome annoyances which get in the way of ever-increasing the number of dead babies. But consider how Dr. Frost begins her post:
“I am a doctor and a caregiver, but above all else, I am a woman of faith. It is my faith that drew me to become an OB-GYN, called me to open my own practice to treat women with dignity and compassion, and that helps me navigate the daily challenges of my profession.”
Her conclusion will annoy the Abortion Industry but should speak volumes to the rest of us:
My faith is at the heart of who I am. It is what drives me to put the needs of women and their children first every day. It makes me a better doctor. For decades, our country has recognized that a big, diverse nation like ours can deliver high-quality medical care without making taxpayers force people of faith to violate their core beliefs. If we forget that insight, we’ll hurt both doctors and patients.