Petition 81329

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Choice of Health Care Professionals (81329-C2-¶161.J)

Amend ¶161J as follows:  
The beginning... We oppose the use of late-term abortion known as dilation and extraction (partial-birth abortion) and call for the end of this practice except when the physical life of the mother is in danger and no other medical procedure is available, or in the case of severe fetal anomalies incompatible with life. We support vigorous enforcement of laws in civil society protecting the right of health care professionals to not participate in abortions. We call all...

Rationale

This is fundamentally about supporting freedom of conscience.  Adopting such a position is an important statement of ecumenical and interfaith goodwill, supporting the basic religious liberty of all people.  Such protections should also cover our neighbors who are morally uncomfortable with abortion even without any specifically religious objections.