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Protect conscience freedom in healthcare - S. 401
Freedom2Care polling (www.freedom2care.org/polling) demonstrates the pervasiveness of discrimination against health professionals and students who decline to participate in unethical procedures such as abortion. Pro-life health professionals rely on federal conscience protection laws when they face loss of career, position and privileges simply for following the pro-life Hippocratic oath or life-protecting biblical principles.
While current federal law provides for healthcare conscience freedom in general--especially regarding abortion, sterilization and assisted suicide--it does not yet provide a way for victims of unlawful discrimination to get justice in court.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is supposed to help victims by investigating complaints, but pro-abortion administrations with intimate political ties to and donations from the abortion industry obviously have a built-in ideological bias against aggressively pursuing complaints of discrimination related to abortion.
The Conscience Protection Act overcomes this bias by providing victims access to the courts rather than to the administration as an alternative path to justice.
The Act also empowers courts to provide "all necessary equitable and legal relief, including, where appropriate, declaratory relief and compensatory damages, to prevent the occurrence, continuance, or repetition of the designated violation and to compensate for losses resulting from the designated violation...."
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