The “medical Conscience” civil rights movement

By Wesley J. Smith Until recently, healthcare was not culturally controversial. Medicine was seen as primarily concerned with extending lives, curing diseases, healing injuries, palliating symptoms, birthing babies, and promoting wellness—and hence, as a sphere in which people of all political and social beliefs were generally able to get along. That consensus has been shattered. …

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Rep. Chris Smith and Colleagues Stand with Healthcare Heroes

Call for Conscience Protection Act to Become Law WASHINGTON— In a press conference today at the House Triangle, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), Senator James Lankford (R-OK) and other members of Congress called for the enactment of the Conscience Protection Act in the forthcoming end-of-year spending bill. “It is an honor and …

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Capital Event Highlights Need for Conscience Protection Act

By Mary Rodrigues Legislative Assistant – Department of Federal Legislation “I was forced to choose between following my conscience and keeping my job to support my family.” — Fe Vinoya, Emergency Room Registered Nurse from Same Day Surgery, New Jersey “Do no harm” is a phrase that many of us are familiar with from the medical …

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Ontario doctors will leave the province if forced to participate in “assisted dying”

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On May 18, the Ontario legislature rejected Bill 129, the Regulated Health Professions Amendment Act, a bill that was sponsored by Jeff Yurek (Member of the Legislative Assembly) to provide conscience protection for health care workers in Ontario. The Toronto Sun reported on a press conference organized …

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Sweden has it all – except freedom of conscience

A court has ruled that abortion rights leave no room for a midwife to be exempted. By Carolyn Moynihan Two years ago Ellinor Grimmark completed a midwifery internship at Hoglandssjukhuset women’s clinic in southern Sweden, but because she told the management that she had a conscientious objection to performing abortions, she was denied further employment …

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Scottish pro-life midwives who lost court battle to refuse to be involved in abortions described as “heroes”

  By Dave Andrusko Last week NRL News Today posted a story explaining a hugely unfortunate decision in the case of two veteran Scottish midwives rendered by United Kingdom’s Supreme Court. It was an out-and-out defeat for freedom of conscience. Mary Doogan and Connie Wood appealed to the conscience protections found in the Abortion Act …

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