Tuesday, April 14, 2009

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Welcome to Freedom2Care!
You have a vitally important opportunity to immediately send a message to prevent a critical loss of access to healthcare professionals who are being systematically pressured to violate ethical standards. Here's what's been happening:

In August 2008, the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) took long-overdue action to address a growing crisis of abortion-related discrimination that could force thousands of conscientious healthcare professionals out of medicine. After several months of public comment on its proposed regulation, in December 2008 HHS finalized a regulation that made clear the protections offered by three civil rights laws passed by Congress with bipartisan support.
The civil rights laws declare that American tax dollars will not fund programs in which healthcare professionals are fired, penalized or otherwise subjected to discrimination because of their ethical stance related to abortion and other morally controversial issues.

However, in March 2009, following protests from abortion special interest groups, the new administration officially declared plans to rescind--get rid of--the conscience-protecting regulation. By the April 9, 2009 deadline for public comments, nearly 50,000 healthcare professionals and patients sent a message to HHS through Freedom2Care to protect conscience rights.

Now it's time to let the President know he must not follow through on his plans to get rid of the conscience protection regulation.


Freedom2Care press conference features new polling data, testimonials of discrimination

Freedom2Care held a national press conference at the National Press Building in Washington, DC at 10 a.m. on April 8th. The Press Conference 090408 page features materials released at the press conference. Included on this page are a summary of two new national polls, speaker bios and statements, and letters to President Obama and other political figures.

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To Learn More about Conscience in Health Care

Use the Learn and Newsroom tabs above (just below the flag logo) to:

Read the latest news, videos and more.
Read the conscience-protecting regulation and the notice of the plan to rescind it
Read answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Request a talking points document to use in defending conscience rights

What is Freedom2Care?

The Freedom2Care Coalition is an ad hoc coalition organized by the Christian Medical Association to defend the conscience rights of health care professionals and students.

Our mission is to protect and advance the free exercise of conscience rights in health care, thereby protecting patients and upholding American ideals and law. The Freedom2Care Coalition aims to immediately protect the new federal HHS "provider conscience" regulation, and to continue to educate and persuade the public, policy makers and the medical community regarding conscience rights.

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