Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Democrats defeat abortion proposals

According to the Washington Times,

The Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday defeated two proposals to limit abortion coverage in the emerging health care reform plan.

The proposals from Sen. Orrin Hatch, Utah Republican, would have restricted public or private health plans that include abortion coverage and would have strengthened protections for health care providers from discrimination if they refuse to provide an abortion.

Without these protections, Christian and Jewish medical professionals who cannot in good conscience assist with abortions stand to be sued and lose their jobs. The Catholic Church has threatened to shut down every Catholic hospital in the country if they are forced to do abortions.

It is very important to note that our Constitution does not say we have "freedom of worship." It says we have freedom of religion. There is a huge difference.

This country was founded by people who risked everything to flee England where they were being forced to violate their deeply held religious convictions. When the government forces people to violate their conscience and religious convictions, they do not have freedom of religion, even if they have freedom of worship.

While Democrats expend a lot of hot air talking about bi-partisanship and "freedom of choice" they apparently don't care about our actual constitutional guarantee of freedom of religion.

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