Senator Coburn: "I'd go to jail before being forced to do abortions"

Dr. Tom Coburn, a highly principled Republican Senator from Oklahoma, still delivers babies as an obstetrician on weekends after completing business in Washington D.C. In fact, over the years, Senator Coburn has delivered some 4,000 babies. He has credibility when he denounces the Democrats' plan to get rid of President George W. Bush's regulations put into effect in January clarifying the rules for physicians and other medical personnel to refuse to do abortions, refer for abortions, etc.

Indeed, yesterday on Fox News, Senator Coburn told co-host Megyn Kelly that he would go to jail before being forced to do abortions. Senator Coburn also said: "I will do nothing against my conscience in the practice of medicine ever regardless of what any law is at any time. And I can tell you that there are a lot of physicians that feel exactly that same way across the country."

President Bush's regulation, supported by Christian Coalition of America and many other pro-life and pro-family organizations, was put in place during the last days of his administration. The Bush regulation strengthened job protections for physicians, nurses and other medical personnel, who refuse to provide a medical service because of moral qualms.

The Obama administration is now seeking to drop President Bush's conscience clause for all health care providers. An official at Health and Human Services (HHS) stated that the Obama administration will publish notice of its plans on getting rid of the conscience regulation clarifications next week. A 30-day comment period will ensue for supporters or opponents of a change to the Bush regulation.

Comments to HHS could include letters, postcards, and emails highlighting the importance of protecting the choices of healthcare providers who oppose abortion. Also, writers of communications should mention the need for regulations to implement laws that protect freedom of conscience for health care employees.

Doctors and nurses and other medical staff could be driven out of the practice of medicine thus adding to the shortage of medical personnel all around America, especially in small states and rural areas. Those Americans who want pro-life doctors caring for them will no longer have that option.

It is imperative that Americans let the Obama administration and his HHS Department know that they will not stand for a change in the Bush freedom of conscience regulations. Time is of the essence.

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