Conscience Clauses and President Obama

The USCCB is reporting that President Obama has promised to support conscience clauses in health care facilities.  There had been concern that conscience clauses that exist would have been eliminated with the current administration, putting thousands of Catholic health care providers in positions of having to quit their jobs, or being forced to participate in morally objectionable practices.  Catholic hospitals would have been faced with closure decisions if such clauses were to have been stripped.

Log on to www.usccb.org/comm/archives/2009/09-116.shtml for the report.  I would offer you a quote from that page:

“I am grateful for President Obama’s statement on May 17 that we should all ‘honor the conscience of those who disagree with abortion,’ and his support for conscience clauses advancing this goal.

“Since 1973, federal law protecting the conscience rights of health care providers have been an important part of our American civil rights tradition.  These laws should be fully implemented and enforced.  Caring health professionals and institutions should know that their deeply held religious or moral convictions will be respected as they exercise their right to serve patients in need……Catholic providers, in particular, make a large and essential contribution to heath care in our society.  Essential steps to protect these conscience rights will strengthen our health care system and enhance many patients’ access to necessary life-affirming care.” — Cardinal Francis George

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One Response to Conscience Clauses and President Obama

  1. Deacon Gordon Richard says:

    And where did the president make that assertion on respecting the consciences of medical workers? At the Notre Dame Commencemnt address; the place so many did not want him to speak. He said other important things regarding abortion and if we but follow up with him in dialogue we will lessen the scurge of abortion which is our overall goal. Giving him that forum brought further clarity in his position on the subject and offered us a number of points for serious discussion and ultimate policies to, again, lessen the number of deaths. We need to not be afraid of offering opportunties for clarification on these important moral issues. We should thank Notre Dame and not chastise them for their actions.

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