I find it interesting that the liberals are fighting so hard to remove all Judeo-Christian religions and God from the schools, courts, every where, -in order to not "offend" those that don't believe in God. But they don't want to stop at that. They want to enforce their beliefs (i.e. that it acceptable to kill a unborn baby) and force religious people to do this procedures with Government laws and fines.
Bush's administration plans to grant protection to health care providers who oppose abortion (or other procedures) based on their religion/morals - they wouldn't be forced to do or assist in procedures they are morally against. The libs are in uproar over this new protection.
So it is not a "live and let live" world that the libs claim to want to have; they actually desire a "do what exactly we want you to do - even if it goes against your beliefs or else" world.
Excerpts of article by Robert Pear from - http://www.iht.com/articles/2008/11/18/america/abort.php
"A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job-discrimination laws.
The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their "religious beliefs or moral convictions."
It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors' offices and drugstores from requiring employees with religious or moral objections to "assist in the performance of any part of a health service program or research activity" financed by the Department of Health and Human Services. ...
...Obama has said the proposal will raise new hurdles to women seeking reproductive health services, like abortion and some contraceptives. Michael Leavitt, the health and human services secretary, said that was not the purpose. ...
...The proposal is supported by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Health Association, which represents Catholic hospitals.
Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, said that in recent years, "we have seen a variety of efforts to force Catholic and other health care providers to perform or refer for abortions and sterilizations." ...
I find it very interesting that Obama objects to this protection for health care providers because it would "raise new hurdles to women seeking reproductive services like abortion". He also voted "No" on the Born Alive Infant Protection act based on: (all Quotes are Actual Quotes from Obama)
- this would "create one more burden on women, and I can't support that"
- "I mean, it – it would essentially bar abortions, because the equal protection clause does not allow somebody to kill a child, and if this is a child, then this would be an anti-abortion statute. For that purpose, I think it would probably be found unconstitutional."
- "Now, the bill that was put forward was essentially a way of getting around Roe vs. Wade. ... At the federal level, there was a similar bill that passed because it had an amendment saying this does not encroach on Roe vs. Wade. I would have voted for that bill."
- "T]his [legislation] puts the burden on the attending physician who has determined, since they are performing this procedure, that in fact, this is a nonviable fetus." quotes from: http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=45553 and http://www.citizenlink.org/content/A000007034.cfm
If a baby survives an abortion - Obama voted to NOT provide protection to this child and to NOT provide medical help for this child as it might be a burden on the woman, or a burden on the doctor, and saving a baby who survived an abortion might possibly prove that there actually was a living human person in the woman's womb and it might overturn Roe v. Wade.
Now Obama objects to protecting health care providers who morally object to this procedure and would force them to do it anyways as any protections for the health care provider might "raise new hurdles for woman seeking abortions."
No one's rights should get in the way of a woman's "right to choose" even if the government has to force the doctors to do the procedure. Apparently the woman's "rights" overrides the doctor's rights and the unborn baby's rights.