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House bill would protect health care conscience rights
Tuesday - 3/5/2013, 8:18pm EST
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A bill introduced in the U.S. House would protect conscience rights that backers say are threatened by the new health care law.
The Health Care Conscience Rights Act would exempt employers from providing contraceptives or other services for which they have a religious or moral objection. Supporters say it would prevent the government from forcing health care providers to be complicit in abortion. Those alleging conscience rights violations would be able to sue.
The bill's sponsor, Congresswoman Diane Black, R-Tenn., is a nurse. She was joined by other women in health care and business who said obeying their consciences shouldn't subject them to crippling fines and penalties.
Black would like the bill's conscience protections to be attached to the budget measure that Congress must pass this month to keep the government running.
256-w-32-(Steve Coleman, AP religion editor, with Christine Ketterhagen, co-owner of Hercules Industries, and Sister Jane Marie Klein, board chair, Franciscan Alliance)--A bill introduced in the U.S. House would protect conscience rights threatened by the new health care law. AP Religion Editor Steve Coleman reports. (5 Mar 2013)
257-a-08-(Congresswoman Diane Black, R-Tenn., at news conference)-"crippling legal penalties"-Congresswoman Diane Black says the health care law presents many people of faith with an impossible dilemma. (5 Mar 2013)
259-a-13-(Sister Jane Marie Klein, board chair of the Franciscan Alliance, at news conference)-"ignorant and demeaning"-Sister Jane Marie Klein, board chair of the Franciscan Alliance, says the government should not be able to force people to violate their religious beliefs. (5 Mar 2013)
258-a-09-(Sister Jane Marie Klein, board chair of the Franciscan Alliance, at news conference)-"will not compromise"-Sister Jane Marie Klein, board chair of Franciscan Alliance, says providing coverage for contraceptives is out of the question. (5 Mar 2013)
260-a-14-(Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, Catholic nurse forced to assist in an abortion, at news conference)-"of a baby"-Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, a Catholic nurse forced to assist in an abortion, says hospital officials should have respected her conscience rights. (5 Mar 2013)
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