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The bill enumerated below really scares me. Again, using Orwellian naming procedures, certain elements of our government are trying an end run around established liberties. Here is a link to the actual text of the House Bill. Here is a link to the text of the Senate Bill. (PDF format) Here’s the USC code that this bill is meant to abrogate. This google search will show you the various “right to life” groups that are fighting hard to pass this law.

This week, the House of Representatives is expected to vote on legislation that would allow healthcare entities to refuse to provide abortion services or give information regarding those services. This dangerous measure, drafted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and sponsored by Representatives Dick Armey (R-TX), Joseph Pitts (R-PA), Michael Bilirakis (R-FL), and Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), is being called the “Abortion Non-Discrimination Act” (H.R. 4691/S.2008).

This bill is nothing less than a broad and dangerous federal “refusal clause” that would permit a person or entity to refuse to provide abortions and information about abortion services. H.R. 4691 would allow hospitals to turn away women who need emergency abortions because they are hemorrhaging, experiencing heart failure, or suffering any one of a host of other grave complications of pregnancy. The bill would permit callous disregard for women’s health despite federal and state laws that generally require hospitals to treat patients in medical emergencies.

You can learn more and send a free fax to your member of Congress from: http://www.aclu.org/action/refusal107.html

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