Violates Right of Conscience, May Soon Be Up for State House Vote. HB 288 would mandate that all hospitals in Pa. make “emergency contraception” available to rape victims.
Temporary Delay, Thanks to You. The bill was on a fast track in the House, but now has been temporarily pulled off the agenda, no doubt due to the expert testimony from our side and the calls and E-mails from many of you! We must keep up the opposition to this bill and spread the word to others in your church or E-mail network. Before a House Policy Committee hearing on Tuesday, PFI provided expert testimony from Dr. Karl Benzio, MD and Pychiatrist from Doylestown, Pa., a well-credentialed spokesman for the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA). We joined the
Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and Catholic Healthcare Association in testifying against the bill. Dr. Benzio from CMDA and Dr. Anne Marie Manning of Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pa. both testified that in the rare cases where rape victims become pregnant from the rape, doctors are really
then treating two patients, the unborn baby and the woman.
Rape victims deserve the best medical care available, but that care should be consistent with a sanctity-of-life ethic and respect the right of conscience of religious hospitals and physicians. Many pro-life healthcare personnel are opposed to administering drugs that act as abortifacients (cause early abortions) and should not be forced to violate their conscience. The bill is being pushed by Planned Parenthood, the leading abortionists and by the ACLU.
Take Action! Contact your state representative by Monday, June 25th at the latest and urge them to vote NO on HB 288, the “emergency contraception” bill. Use our Citizen Action Center!