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Dec. 10, 2004|
California AG Sues to Block Hyde-Weldon Conscience Amendment |
In response to California Attorney General Bill Lockyer’s announcement that he will sue to block the Hyde-Weldon conscience amendment to the recently passed federal spending bill, Randy Thomasson, president of Campaign for Children and Families, a leading West Coast pro-family organization, issued the following statement:
"Imagine you’re a baby doctor. You've taken the Hippocratic Oath to do no harm, and now Bill Lockyer is forcing you to participate in killing an unborn child in a bloody abortion procedure. What ever happened to a person's right to have a conscience?
"Instead of behaving like a lawyer for the wealthy abortion groups, Lockyer should immediately draft legislation to conform California to the new federal law. California doesn't have to lose any federal funds. Abortions would still occur in California, but the state would cease and desist from forcing doctors and nurses to horribly kill unborn children against their own conscience."
The Hyde-Weldon Conscience Protection Amendment expands on current federal law, which protects "health care entities" from having to perform or provide for abortions. Passage of Hyde-Weldon extends conscience protection to hospitals, health plans, nurses and other health care professionals who were previously forced to participate in abortion despite their conscientious objection.
California is in the hands of a cabal of social liberals led by pro-abortion Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, so it is to be expected that a lawsuit against Hyde-Weldon would occur in that state. What was not expected, after the Amendment passed in the Senate, was the capitulation by Senator Bill Frist and the Senate Republican leadership to the demand of California Senator Barbara Boxer, an activist pro-abortion Democrat, that they allow Hyde-Weldon to be re-introduced as a free-standing bill in the next session of Congress, so that the abortion lobby can have a chance to defeat it.
Instead of having this victory under our belt so that we can move on to other pro-life objectives in the 109th Congress, we have to spend time, energy and money re-fighting a battle we have already won. The pro-abortion females in the United States Senate are crafty, tenacious, angry, smart, demanding, and totally dedicated to keeping abortion legal with no restrictions. Republican leaders appear to be no match for them.
"There is no reason why anybody who has been conceived, shouldn't be given the opportunity to be born and to live a happy life. The fact that a life like that is terminated is wrong," said Maathai. When we allow abortion, we are punishing the womenwho must abort their children because their men have run awayand we are punishing the children whose lives are terminated," she continued. "But it is because we are not willing to put the men where they should be, and that is taking up the responsibility."
"I want us to step back a little bit and say: Why is this woman and this child threatened? Why is this woman threatening to terminate this life? What do we need to do as a society?" While abortion is still illegal in Kenya, Maatthai suggests that the 1960's law making fathers financially responsible for any children they conceive be re-instated. "That law was removed by men in this Parliament," she said. "Now I think we are too lenient on men. We have almost given them a license to father children and not worry about them. That is part of the reason why women abort, because they do not want to be burdened with children whose fathers do want to become responsible." (LifeSiteNews.com, 12/7/04)
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