Posts Tagged ‘religious freedom’
Legislation targets pregnancy centers in Oregon. Info here.
From Denise Burke, writing at Americans United for Life (October 8, 2010):
Yesterday, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), meeting in London, adopted a resolution supporting the fundamental right of health care providers to practice medicine in accord with their individual consciences. In pertinent part, the provisional resolution stated that “[N]o person, hospital or institution shall be coerced, held liable or discriminated against in any manner because of a refusal to perform, accommodate, assist or submit to an abortion, the performance of a human miscarriage, or euthanasia or any act which could cause the death of a human foetus or embryo, for any reason.”
In adopting the resolution, the Assembly rejected attempts by international pro-abortion groups to undermine health care freedom of conscience. Pro-abortion Assembly members, working in concert with pro-abortion groups such as the Center for Reproductive Rights, had sought to harass and punish medical personnel who refuse to participate in abortions because of religious, moral, ethical, or conscientious objections.
How, in my lifetime, we have gone from a world where doctors and support medical staff are expected to help people, to one in which they face government reprisals if they don’t want to kill people, I’m not quite sure, but, well, it’s a problem in Europe, too. (You knew that, I’m sure, but this is an update.)
hat tip: David Mills at First Things
A Christian nurse who had been promised she would not have to participate in abortions finds herself cornered and betrayed.
Christians from across doctrinal divides are joining to speak in one voice for the sanctity of life, amongst other things, by signing and promoting The Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience.
hat tip: Plain Catholic in the Mountains
1. Last weekend, hundreds of thousands (perhaps as many as two million) people took to the streets of Madrid to protest the Spanish government’s proposals to reduce restrictions on abortion. (Via Alliance Alert, Oct. 19, 2009)
2. A Canadian student who tried to join in the Pro-Life Silent Day of Solidarity this week was put in isolation for the day by the school principal. But hundreds of thousands of other students throughout the world got to not speak to their classmates and communities.
3. AP reports that “Abortion advocates are fighting a proposal to build a new Catholic hospital near Washington, DC. …”. It seems odd to me to fight a hospital simply because the administration and staff plan to not kill anybody. But isn’t that what these activists are doing? (Via Alliance Alert, October 22, 2009)
4. The Catholic Archbishop of Denver, Charles J. Chaput, writing at InsideCatholic.com, discusses The Task of the Catholic Medical Profession. It’s a fairly lengthy article, adapted from a recent speech the Phoenix Catholic Physician’s Guild, but it’s worth a read. A special heads-up to those of you who love someone who has Down Syndrome. Well, and another special heads-up to those of you concerned with the culture wars. OK, in short, it’s not just for medical professionals. Not by a long shot.
5. There’s a National Pro-Life Conference for Canadians Oct. 29-31, in Saskatoon. The theme is Building Bridges: Making Choices for Life.
6. Also from Canada, the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association has awarded its The Humanity of the Unborn Child Pro-Life Award to former U. S. President George W. Bush.
7. A news update: the middle school student in Pennsylvania who was forced to turn his “Abortion is not healthcare” t-shirt inside out last month, can now wear the shirt, thanks to a temporary agreement approved by a federal judge this week. Kari Andren, reporting for The Patriot-News, has more on the story.
Find more 7 Quick Takes Friday posts at Conversion Diary. My thanks to Jennifer for hosting. (And, by the way, Jennifer has a couple of pro-life Quick Takes in her post this week. Check it out.)
Marilyn Musgrave and Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, writing in The Weekly Standard, note that “We are learning all sorts of lessons, very early on, about what President Obama means by “reaching out” to find “common ground” with pro-life Americans…”
Joseph Bottum, writing at First Things, also has a few things to say about current political and media leaders (Mr. Obama included), and their attitudes toward life issues and other serious topics. (In short, many of them seem to be trying to pretend they aren’t really issues at all, not since Mr. Obama got elected, at any rate.)