Conscience Protection

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Doctors who object to abortion need more legal protections, bishops say

Feb 13, 2017

By CNA Staff

Objectors to abortion need stronger conscience protections in federal law, the U.S. bishops have said in a letter to Congress... Read more

Bruce Rauner, governor of Illinois, at the Genessee Theater in Waukegan, April 7, 2015.

Catholic group to Illinois governor: veto abortion funding bill

Feb 13, 2017

By Matt Hadro

A Catholic advocacy group is warning the governor of Illinois that he will face massive political opposition if he signs... Read more

Archbishop Gomez: Christian doctors face increasing threats

Nov 2, 2016

Faithful Catholics need to be aware of the ever-increasing serious threats to Christians living their faith in the field of... Read more

The United States capitol building.

US Bishops back legal protection for doctors who won't provide abortions

Apr 2, 2016

A proposed conscience protection act for health care professionals who oppose abortion would benefit both medical providers and their patients,... Read more

Unborn baby at 20 weeks.

Leading US bishop: 2016 is the time for pro-life conscience protections

Jan 5, 2016

On the cusp of 2016, the president of the U.S. Bishops Conference is calling for greater protection of pro-life professionals... Read more

Colorado court gives no relief to baker who declined to serve gay wedding

Aug 13, 2015

A Colorado baker has lamented the Colorado Court of Appeals’ ruling handed down Thursday that he illegally discriminated when he... Read more

Between conflicting cake rulings in Colorado, baker's livelihood still at risk

Apr 7, 2015

The Colorado agency which punished a baker who declined to make a cake for a same-sex ceremony has ruled that... Read more

Doctor with female patient (file photo).

Fight discrimination against pro-life doctors, bishops ask Congress

Nov 20, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The U.S. bishops are imploring Congress to enact stronger medical conscience protections against state abortion laws by passing the Abortion... Read more

Archbishop William E. Lori takes part in a press conference at the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 11, 2013.

Archbishop: Be vigilant against US religious freedom threats

Aug 27, 2014

By Mary Farrow

Amidst increasing violent religious persecution in the Middle East and Africa, it is vital for Christians in the U.S. to... Read more

Doctor, Physician, Office, Health. File Photo.

Firing of Polish doctor over abortion refusal sparks outcry

Aug 2, 2014

By Elise Harris

The removal one of Poland's top doctors as director of Holy Family hospital in Warsaw for refusing to perform an... Read more

Doctor and patient.

UK rules exclude pro-life medical professionals from diploma

May 4, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

U.K. requirements that medical professionals seeking a specialist diploma must be willing to prescribe contraception and abortion-causing drugs have sparked... Read more

Prof. Robert P. George speaks at Georgetown University on Jan. 20, 2014.

Defense of conscience critical to pro-life movement, scholar says

Jan 27, 2014

By Adelaide Mena

Prevailing attitudes toward abortion within the medical community show the need to safeguard conscience rights while working to protect life,... Read more

U.S. Capitol.

Bishops push for conscience protections in government funding

Sep 30, 2013

Leaders of the U.S. bishops have written to lawmakers insisting on the importance of including religious liberty protections and the... Read more

Archbishop William Lori addresses the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly, Nov 13.

Catholics, Baptists come together over conscience rights bill

Jun 24, 2013

By Adelaide Mena

Catholic and Baptist leaders are collaborating to ask national legislators to support a bill that would offer conscience protections to... Read more

CMA members at the 2013 March for Life in Washington D.C.

Catholic Medical Association sees growth in troubled times

Jun 19, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

The Catholic Medical Association has seen “steady growth” in membership, providing fellowship for Catholic medical professionals as conscience rights and... Read more