Conscience Rights in the Crosshairs

As Planned Parenthood faces increasing scrutiny over pilfering your tax-dollars—now there’s a Congressional investigation—their allies in the Obama administration are vengefully on a mission to extinguish the conscience rights of pro-lifers; one individual and organization at a time.

Their latest target: The US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

It’s now being reported that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) refused to renew a $2.5 million grant to the Conference that helps them minister to human trafficking victims, an action the USCCB believes is being taken in part because of their conscientious belief that abortion is morally wrong. Click here for more details.

According to Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, a spokesperson for the bishops’ conference, HHS didn’t even explain why it turned down the church’s grant application.

At the same time, the pro-abortion department of “health” didn’t hesitate making one thing clear—their funding announcement stated a preference for distributing money to grantees that offer victims “the full-range of legally permissible gynecological and obstetric care.” These are code words for abortion-on-demand.

In other words, the Obama Health and Human Services Department is admitting—in a not so hidden way—that their game of playing favorites tilts to their loyal abortion industry friends.

The department even went so far to require groups applying for the special grant to provide an explanation of the limits of services provided by such organizations, a further indication of filtering out pro-lifers from helping others.

The Obama administration’s discrimination against those who don’t conform to its pro-abortion agenda is appalling, but it’s really not at all shocking.

Along with a recent federal mandate that all healthcare plans must cover abortion-causing drugs, this latest move shows that President Obama’s original claim to protect the conscience rights of medical staff was only lip service from the very beginning. Click here for more details.

This administration is intent on continuing the assault on the conscience rights of pro-lifers like you and me.

Recently, the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act (HR 1179/S.1467) was introduced in Congress. It seeks to protect the rights of those of us with moral and religious convictions from such intruding mandates. Please join me in contacting our members of Congress in the House and the Senate to support this very important bill.

Bradley Mattes
President, Life Issues Institute

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