Life-Preserving Healthcare and Freedom of Conscience Not At Odds
Contact: Michelle Cretella, MD, American College of Pediatricians, 352-376-1877
GAINESVILLE, Fla., March 25, 2014 /Standard Newswire/ -- The American College of Pediatricians supports all that is best for children and families. This includes the Bill of Rights, as well as life-preserving healthcare. The first article of the Bill of Rights states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof..." Some medical organizations argue that, regarding the provision of abortion and contraception coverage, an employer's freedom of religion must be subordinate to the right to affordable healthcare. The College strongly disagrees.
College Vice President Michelle Cretella explains, "Scientifically speaking, abortion and abortifacient contraceptives, unlike all other forms of life-preserving healthcare, destroy the life of a new human being and therefore should not be required coverage when this fact violates the conscience of employers. Striking the HHS mandate from the Affordable Care Act will not prevent women from obtaining affordable contraceptives or abortions; women will remain free to follow their consciences on these matters. Under the Constitution, employers possess and should retain the same right to moral conscience."
The Supreme Court can and must uphold both freedom of religion and the right to affordable life-preserving healthcare.
The American College of Pediatricians is a national medical association of licensed physicians and healthcare professionals who specialize in the care of infants, children, and adolescents. The mission of the College is to enable all children to reach their optimal physical and emotional health and well-being. For more information about the College, please visit our website www.Best4Children.org.
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I just now submitted THIS to their "Contact Us" form-
Regarding your new Press Release, wherein you ratified the First Amendment- This pleases me greatly.
Since "The American College of Pediatricians supports all that is best for children and families" as stated, I am wondering if you would care to ratify the Fourth Amendment as best for children and families-
"...to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized."
Leonard Henderson, co-founder
American Family Rights
"Until Every Child Comes Home"