As you may know, federal laws protect the right of health care providers not to participate in abortions or other procedures they believe are immoral. Because those laws have been largely ignored, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under President Bush established regulations to enforce the laws.
Unfortunately, one of President Obama's first acts in office was to start the process to eliminate these regulations. He apparently does not believe that doctors and other health care providers should have the same rights as everyone else not to be forced to commit immoral acts — a stark indication of what he will do if he nationalizes health care.
But there is something you can do about this. The process that Obama began requires HHS to collect comments from the public and take them into consideration before acting.
This means we have less than one month — until April 9 — to register our opinions and provide a permanent record to protect the freedom of conscience. Then the HHS comment period closes.
We offer the following resources to aid you in forming your comments:
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