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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Freedom of Conscience: Charmaine Quoted in Citizen Link

If you fight against IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich, you might be a good-guy.

If you win against IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich, you might be on the side of the angels.

Charmaine was interviewed for CitizenLink, a division of Focus on the Family, Good News: Illinois Pharmacists Can Challenge Discriminatory Rule,

“This is a huge victory for the freedom of conscience of all health care providers,” said Dr. Charmaine Yoest, president and CEO of Americans United for Life. “Pharmacists now have proper recourse against a discriminatory law that would force them to check their constitutional rights at the workplace door.”

Back in 2005, Illinois governor Blago demanded that pharmacists must dispense drugs regardless of any conscientious objection.  If Blagojevich wanted a Zyklon B gas prescription filled, then the pharmacists would fulfill or loose their licenses.

The courts ruled against Blago.  The good-guys won.  The bad-guys lost.

CitizenLink also quotes AUL’s legal eagle Denise Burke,

in Good News: Regulations Protect Doctors’ Freedom of Conscience

Life advocates are praising the timing of new government rules that protect health care providers’ freedom of conscience.

The Department of Health and Human Services put the regulations in place last week to reinforce rules that protect doctors from being forced to participate in abortion and other anti-life practices.

“By releasing them now, they will be in the federal register for 30 days before the Obama administration takes office,” said Denise Burke, vice president and legal director for Americans United for Life. “For that reason, the Obama administration cannot simply erase these rules.”

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Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards does not care for rights of conscience.  (Except her own conscience—don’t even think about asking her about her own abortion.)  David G. Savage at LA Times writes, Health providers’ ‘conscience’ rule to take effect
The last-minute Bush administration declaration lets doctors, clinics, receptionists and others refuse to give care they find morally objectionable

“We are shocked that the Bush administration chose to finalize its midnight regulation and to take this parting shot at women’s health and ignore patients’ rights to receive critical healthcare services and information they deserve,” said Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America, in a statement. “We look forward to working with President-elect Obama and leaders in Congress to repeal this disastrous rule and expand patients’ access to full healthcare information and services, not limit it.”


Many of the abortions at Planned Parenthood are performed to rid the world of African-American babies.  This is one lucky baby girl.



Thank you (foot)notes:

Other related news,

LifeSiteNews reports, Illinois Supreme Court Decision Supports Conscience Rights of Pharmacists

Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life (AUL) President and CEO, responded to the Supreme Court decision, stating, “This is a huge victory for the freedom of conscience of all healthcare providers. Pharmacists now have proper recourse against a discriminatory law that would force them to check their constitutional rights at the workplace door.”

“Conscience Rule” to take effect

See the Americans United for Life Amicus Curiae Brief

CathNewsUSA writes, “Conscience” rule to cover health providers

Not everyone believes in conscientious objection.  Not liberals, anyway.  See, Are There Limits to the So-Called “Conscience Rule?”

Visit (and bookmark) Jill Stanek, Breaking news: IL Supreme Court rules for pharmacists/against Blagojevich

See AUL’s press release, Americans United for Life Applauds Illinois Supreme Court Decision Supporting Constitutional Rights of Pharmacists

Deep Thoughts doesn’t like the conscience clause either—But note:  Mojoey does refer to the Pro-Life position as, well, Pro-Life. An honest liberal!  Who knew? 

Alert the (Mainstream) Media!


Never mind.

See The Center blog.

Visit Social Developments Americans United for Life Applauds Adoption of HHS Rules Protecting Freedom of Conscience, Urges Vigilance in Protecting Both Providers and Healthcare Access

More from AUL on HHS conscience protection.

Cross Post at Reasoned Audacity by Your Business Blogger(R) and Charmaine Yoest.

Posted by Jack & Charmaine Yoest on 12/20 at 07:29 PM
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