Not satisfied with legal abortion on demand for any reason at any time during pregnancy, pro-abortion groups want to obliterate conscience rights for medical professionals who do not want to participate in abortions or be discriminated against in seeking employment. Planned Parenthood and its allies have found a willing accomplice in the Obama Administration.
One of the last acts of the Bush Administration was to issue a rule to supplement conscience protection laws already on the books. The Bush rule prohibits those who receive federal money from discriminating against medical professionals who refuse to participate in medical procedures like abortion for reasons of conscience.
The Obama Administration has been working since early 2009 to rescind the Bush rule. In court papers filed in November and December, the Obama Administration states that “HHS expects to have a final rule published in the Federal Register within sixty to ninety days — i.e., as early as January 31, 2011, and no later than March 1, 2011. ”
Pro-life medical professionals are, understandably, very concerned, not only for themselves and their ability to practice medicine, but for patients who would be denied access to medical professionals who abide by moral standards in protecting human life. This pending rescission could create widespread fallout in medical facilities across the country.