Susan B. Anthony List: Lack of respect

by E. Carroll

-In response to Democratic Senate Candidate Martha Coakley’s remarks that Roman Catholics should avoid serving in our nation’s emergency rooms, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser released the following statement:

“Martha Coakley’s lack of respect for the Constitutional rights for people of faith is appalling. I’ve got news for Coakley: the right of conscience extends to Catholics, whether she agrees with it or not. Freedom of Conscience is not exclusive to certain demographics – it extends to all regardless of faith.

“Even more offensive is Coakley’s suggestion that people of faith avoid the medical profession. In a time where our nation faces critical shortages of doctors, nurses, and medical support staff, the last thing we need is an effort to drive principled citizens away from our hospitals and medical clinics.

“In Massachusetts and across the country Catholic medical providers extend the lion’s share of treatment for our friends and neighbors. Coakley’s calls to marginalize and undermine their contributions are outrageous, especially in light of the national focus on health care reform.

“Coakley assumes that women have an ultimate ‘need’ for an abortion, even when their life is not at risk. The majority of Americans reject the idea that the so-called ‘need’ for abortion is so acute that it should force religious medical providers out of the profession.

“Over the past week, the Susan B. Anthony List has mobilized women across the country to communicate the reality – that abortion is not health care. We travelled across the country, meeting countless women who countered the feminist mantra that our nation ‘needs’ abortion in health care reform.

“The truth is, abortion is not health care. Americans should not be forced to fund it, and medical providers of faith should not be forced to participate in it. The people of Massachusetts deserve a Senator who affirms Constitutional rights for all, not one who puts a radical ideology above the right of conscience.”


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