A lawsuit planned by pro-abortionist activists against a conscience-protection provision “is the height of hypocrisy,” says a U.S. bishops’ aide.
A pro-abortion association whose members include Planned Parenthood announced plans Monday to file a federal lawsuit against the pro-life conscience protection in the newly enacted federal spending bill, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2005.
The National Family Planning and Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) plans to attack the provision, known as the Hyde-Weldon Conscience Protection Amendment, which prohibits discrimination against health care providers who choose not to provide or participate in abortions. President George Bush signed the measure into law last week.
“This lawsuit is the height of hypocrisy: a ‘pro-choice’ group is suing so that health care providers will have no choice but to participate in abortion,” said Cathy Cleaver Ruse, spokeswoman for the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.
Date of publication: 2004-12-14
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