Navigation Links
HHS Secretary Leavitt Praised for Defending Physicians' Conscience Rights
Date:3/19/2008

WASHINGTON, March 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt was praised for defending physicians' conscience rights by Deirdre McQuade, spokesperson on pro-life issues for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. She made her comments on March 19 following a public attack on Secretary Leavitt by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights.

The attack was prompted by a March 14 letter from Secretary Leavitt to the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), expressing concern about a new ethics opinion from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) calling on conscientiously opposed physicians to perform or refer for abortions. Ms. McQuade's statement follows.

"Secretary Leavitt should be commended for defending federal laws protecting the conscience rights of physicians. The new ACOG ethics opinion calling on pro-life OB/GYNs to perform or refer for abortions is in direct conflict with the policy reflected in federal law since 1973. Indeed, just yesterday, a federal judge in California dismissed a challenge to a federal law protecting physicians in government programs from being forced to do abortion referrals.

"If the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology relies on the ACOG opinion when deciding whether to grant board certifications, hospitals could find themselves illegally discriminating against perfectly qualified physicians who have been denied certification for ideological reasons. Any HHS Secretary should be concerned about the possibility of federal health care institutions placing themselves in conflict with federal law.

"The Religious Coalition for Reproductive Rights (RCRR), formerly known as the Religious Coalition for Abortion Rights, has nonetheless launched a personal attack on Secretary Leavitt for doing his job. RCRR's March 18 news release accuses the Secretary of displaying a 'narrow view of conscience,' 'disregard' for women,' and a 'dogmatic indifference to the patient.'

"But it is RCRR that has a narrow view of conscience -- so narrow as to recognize a genuine conscience claim only among those who happen to agree with RCRR about abortion. In fact, women and men, physicians and non-physicians, have a fundamental right not to be forced to participate in actions they believe are gravely wrong, especially actions involving the taking of an innocent human life. Moreover, most OB/GYNs in training today are themselves women, and these women have rights, too.

"The abortion industry -- and its allies in medical groups -- have often complained that so few doctors are willing to perform abortions, but that is no excuse for coercing pro-life physicians to do their dirty work. The movement that used to call itself 'pro-choice' is becoming a parody of itself."


'/>"/>
SOURCE U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat forPro-Life
Copyright©2008 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. HHS Deputy Secretary Recognizes Grand Rapids Leaders for Improving Quality and Value in Health Care
2. National Religious Coalition Deeply Concerned by HHS Secretarys Disregard for Womens Reproductive Health
3. HHS Deputy Secretary Invites Toledo Community to Apply for an Innovative Electronic Health Record Demonstration Project
4. Health Secretary Calls for Action on Health Insurance for All Pennsylvanians During Visit to Alma Illery Center in Pittsburgh
5. Pennsylvania Health Secretary Visits Westmoreland County to Urge Passage of Health Insurance for All Pennsylvanians
6. Health Secretary Visits Lawrence County to Call for Health Insurance for All Pennsylvanians
7. Pennsylvania Health Secretary Visits Mercer County to Call for Health Insurance for All Pennsylvanians
8. Pennsylvania Health Secretary Urges Prompt Action on Health Insurance for All Pennsylvanians
9. Health Secretary Stops in Erie County to Call for Health Insurance for all Pennsylvanians
10. Health Secretary Stops in Warren County on Statewide Tour to Call for Action on Health Insurance for All Pennsylvanians
11. Health Secretarys Statewide Tour to Discuss Health Insurance for All Pennsylvanians Makes Stop in Cambria County
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/30/2016)... ... , ... Orlando-based Maximized Living has selected Dr. Nick Wilson of Indianapolis to ... the care of Maximized Living doctors at the London Olympics in 2012, U.S. wrestlers ... sending the largest contingent of elite chiropractors to Rio to support and care for ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... Since launching its annual volunteer ... serving the footwear industry, has broken all previous participation records in its first ... 23 states during the months of April and May, the 2016 Footwear Cares ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... On Tuesday, April 26, 2016 ... Southeast, celebrated the signature of Gov. Nathan Deal on SB 258, the “Rural Health ... - Cumming), offers a 70% tax credit to individuals and corporations which donate directly ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... , ... Conditions were ideal for Global Lyme Alliance’s (GLA) 2nd annual “Bite ... a light breeze and temperatures in the 60s. Over 400 runners, walkers and volunteers ... and 1-mile walk were held to increase awareness about Lyme disease and to ...
(Date:4/29/2016)... ... April 29, 2016 , ... ... won the $30,000 Perlman Grand Prize of the 2016 Wharton Business Plan ... the Michelson People’s Choice Award, and the Committee Award for Most ‘Wow Factor,’ ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:4/28/2016)... 2016  Marking its one year anniversary since ... cancer risk test, Color Genomics announced ... highly impact the most common hereditary cancers affecting ... Test analyzes hereditary cancer risks for breast, colorectal, ... The Color Test is physician ordered and includes ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... 2016 , Net Sales of $1.90 billion ... the prior year period, and an increase of 1.2% on ... EPS for the first quarter were $0.52 reported, a decrease ... an increase of 29.9% over the prior year period ... guidance for 2016 Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE ...
(Date:4/28/2016)... , April 28, 2016  ValGenesis, ... Lifecycle Management Solutions (VLMS) today announced that ... services for sufferers of chronic kidney failure ... to manage their corporate validation process. The ... a software solution to manage their validation ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: