Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Center for Reproductive Rights on Conscience Protections in Health Care Reform.

There are three main reasons that the conscience clause contained in section 1303 of the Senate healthcare reform bill – and not the conscience clauses in the House of Representatives’ version of the bill – should be included in the final bill:

First, the Senate bill puts women’s right to healthcare first without compromising conscience rights, while the House bill puts anti-choice ideology ahead of health.

Second, the Senate bill respects, and treats fairly, all viewpoints on abortion, but the House bill version would allow people to be discriminated against based on their viewpoint.

Third, the Senate bill is better because it provides more comprehensive protection for conscience rights than the House bill.

For more explanation of each point, go here.

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