Please submit your comment directly to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by April 9, 2009 to defend conscience rights for health care workers.
President Barack Obama is proposing regulations to strike or weaken current regulations implemented by then-HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt that protect the conscience rights of health care workers. Congress has passed numerous laws over the past 35 years protecting such rights; however, no regulations had ever been implemented until January 20, 2009 when regulations were put into effect to defend the conscience rights of healthcare workers. These regulations, which President Obama is planning to rescind, would ensure that programs that receive federal funds, including federal, state and local government programs, do not discriminate against health care workers who object to participating in such practices as abortion and sterilization.
We need you to submit comments to HHS in support of these regulations to enforce current law because groups like Planned Parenthood have supplied thousands of comments to HHS asking them to rescind these pro-conscience regulations. The deadline for submitting comments is April 9, 2009.
If possible, describe fully any cases in which you or someone you know has experienced discrimination against your conscience related to a health procedure, including but not limited to the performance of abortion.
Help Protect the Conscience Rights of Health Care Workers
From the Family Research Council, www.frc.org