Christian Doctors Under Fire
Christian doctors are in federal court to defend their right to refuse to provide abortions and abortion referrals.
The Alliance Defense Fund and the Christian Legal Society filed a motion to intervene Thursday in San Francisco in a lawsuit brought by the state of California against the U.S. government.
“Forcing pro-life healthcare workers to provide abortion services is hardly ‘pro-choice,’” said Steven H. Aden, chief litigation counsel of the Christian Legal Society Center for Law & Religious Freedom.
The case was initiated by California Attorney General Bill Lockyer, who filed suit against the U.S. government in January, claiming the recently passed Weldon Amendment is unconstitutional.
The December 2004 amendment, signed by President Bush, forbids state and local governments that receive federal funds from discriminating against healthcare providers because they refuse to perform or refer patients for abortions.
California says it would require the physicians to offer abortions only in “emergency” cases.
But Aden argues the problem is that state law assumes every abortion after viability is a “medically necessary” abortion. Therefore, it’s always an “emergency” because there is always some risk to the mother’s life or health in carrying a pregnancy to term.
.. and to think once upon a time Doctors took an oath which stated in part “I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art.”
This is just another example of how the radical left touts abortion as the mother of all rights; Superseding all others including the right to religious freedom.