I guess I haven't really talked about it on my blog very much, but in case you didn't know it, I am passionately, vehemently pro-life. I think 'choice' is a terrible word for one human being throwing away the life of another human being, no matter how inconvenient that precious, God-breathed life may be. A better word would be 'murder'. I won't continue to preach on and on, though, so let's change the subject...have you heard about the controversy regarding something called the conscience clause?
Well, this article explains it much better than my rambling words can, so if you're interested you should jump over there & read it. Basically, the conscience clause legislates that a medical professional or a medical climic does not have to violate their conscience to perform an abortion - if they believe that abortion is morally wrong, they can choose to exercise their right and not be a part of the 'procedure'. But Barack Obama wants to rescind the conscience clause, forcing pro-life nurses, doctors, and clinics to either perform abortions against their will or close their doors in protest.
My favorite line in the above article is this great observation: "By rescinding this law, the message that President Obama is sending out is this...Only those who choose abortion have rights." Another awesome thing that I learned from the author is that the Hippocratic oath (which all doctors are required to take) says, "I will strive to do no harm", and the original Hippocratic oath stated, "I will not give a woman an abortion remedy". I would venture to say that abortion DOES do harm, physically and emotionally, to both women and their babies. There are many more important lessons to be learned about the conscience clause from the article, so please go read it.
And if you feel like I do, please go here and sign the petition to keep the conscience clause in the law, and protect the rights of America's health care professionals. Also, I'd love for you to weigh in with your thoughts on this issue, no matter your views on abortion! How do you see this affecting your family/community?