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Illinois: A pro-life doctor and two Christian pregnancy centers are challenging a 2016 Illinois law that requires all doctors, pharmacists, and pregnancy centers to assist women in obtaining abortions, regardless of whether the medical professionals are opposed to the procedure. The law mandates that doctors who are unwilling to provide the requested service “because the healthcare service is contrary to the conscience of the healthcare facility, physician, or healthcare personnel” must refer the patient to someone who will.
However, pro-life doctors contend that forcing them, under threat of penalties, to refer patients to abortion providers, violates their consciences and constitutional free-speech rights.
Pro-life Dr. Robert Lawler said, “I’m an obstetrician, so by the very nature, I have two patients: the mother and a baby. … I cannot and will not comply with this law that is a complete affront to my conscience beliefs – my firmly held religious beliefs – that life is sacred. I became a physician to help people, not to harm them.”
The law also impacts how medical professionals are to treat patients with gender dysphoria since it requires them to counsel on the “benefits” of sex reassignment. It also requires doctors to counsel terminally ill patients on assisted suicide, despite their moral opposition to it.
Notre Dame law professor Rick Garnet said, “It is well established that the First Amendment protects not only the right to speak, but also the right not to be forced to be a mouthpiece for a message you reject.”
“a wind is picking up that is hostile to those with traditional moral beliefs.”
Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito
Fortnight for Freedom 2017: Witnesses to Freedom
Free to Speak:
Our public schools are not “God-Free Zones”
America’s children need not leave their faith at the school house door.
For students to be silenced or disciplined by an authority figure, for appropriate religious expression should never happen. Sadly, young students may well conclude…
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At World Meeting of Families: Defending Freedom of Religion
Barbara Samuells, president of Catholics for Freedom of Religion and a parishioner at St. Matthew’s, Dix Hills, shares her experience at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
Religious Freedom: Our First Amendment Right
Fortnight for Freedom 2016: Witness to Freedom Rally held at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School
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National Religious Freedom Day
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