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Rep. Chris Smith: ‘Killing of Baby’ in Abortion Is Not Healthcare

 

 

One politician is calling on the media to report “coercion, not in America,” when it comes to healthcare professionals who refuse to participate in abortion.

 On Wednesday, Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) hosted a Capitol Hill press conference in support of the Conscience Protection Act of 2017 with other lawmakers and pro-life leaders. The bill protects the conscience of those in federally-funded healthcare systems who object to performing or participating in abortion. Nurses, whom the legislation would affect, testified at the event.

Following the conference, MRC Culture spoke with Rep. Smith about how he wanted the media to cover the legislation.

We need to stop coercion of women and men’s consciences to force them to be complicit in abortion,” Rep. Smith stressed, before pointing to the nurses present who said they were either forced to help perform abortion or discriminated against because they refused to participate in abortion.

“These healthcare professional women who have suffered significant injury, threat of job loss, all kinds of retaliation because they want to defend the value and dignity of an unborn child and not participate in abortion,” he added. “So the media should — and all of us should — say: coercion, not in America, not ever.”

He said that lawmakers would “keep pushing” until the bill passed.

 “Because all over the country, you have hospitals, medical centers, others who are systematically coercing nurses and doctors and LPNs and other healthcare professionals to participate or get out,” he explained. “That kind of discriminatory policy has no place in America.”

We need to stop coercion of women and men’s consciences to force them to be complicit in abortion,” Rep. Smith stressed, before pointing to the nurses present who said they were either forced to help perform abortion or discriminated against because they refused to participate in abortion.

“These healthcare professional women who have suffered significant injury, threat of job loss, all kinds of retaliation because they want to defend the value and dignity of an unborn child and not participate in abortion,” he added. “So the media should — and all of us should — say: coercion, not in America, not ever.”

He said that lawmakers would “keep pushing” until the bill passed.

“Because all over the country, you have hospitals, medical centers, others who are systematically coercing nurses and doctors and LPNs and other healthcare professionals to participate or get out,” he explained. “That kind of discriminatory policy has no place in America.”

(First reported by mrcNewsBusters)  https://www.newsbusters.org/blogs/culture/katie-yoder/2017/11/10/rep-chris-smith-killing-baby-abortion-not-healthcare  (November 10, 2017)

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