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U.S. Senate Shockingly Defeats Conscience Rights
Religions Unite in Opposition to the Obama Mandate
Swiss Assisted Suicide Deaths Increase in 2011
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U.S. Senate Shockingly Defeats Conscience Rights

From: National Right to Life and Wisconsin Right to Life

The U.S. Senate voted February 29 by a vote of 51-48 to support the Obama Administration in forcing religiously affiliated organizations to cover contraception and sterilization in their health insurance plans, even in cases where the institution opposes it on moral or conscience grounds.

This reinforces that these organizations have no conscience clause protections under the ObamaCare health care law.  (The Administration’s dictate gave churches some limited conscience clause protections, but religiously affiliated organizations, such as church schools, hospitals, and charities, will have none).

Fifty Democrats and one Republican voted to deny conscience rights and 45 Republicans and three Democrats voted in favor of recognizing the conscience rights of such organizations.  For Wisconsin, Senator Johnson voted for conscience rights and Senator Kohl against.

One possible effect of this in the near-term is that with no conscience clause protection, the Obama Administration is now free to order insurance plans to also cover abortion itself, if it decides to do so.  If Obama does this, it would likely be after the November elections when he doesn’t have to answer to the voting public again.

The National Right to Life Committee and Wisconsin Right to Life have long advocated against the Obama healthcare “reform” and continue to work to repeal it.  We will continue to report abuses inherent in the law, and any denials of care that ensue from it, and we will fight bureaucracies and panels that arise from the bill whose purpose it is to expand abortion or to deny life-saving medical care.  We will work in the House of Representatives and in the courts to establish conscience rights.   We cannot allow this unprecedented affront to religious liberty stand and the sweeping ObamaCare law to remain in force.

Your support for these efforts is critical in the weeks and months ahead.  Much education and public persuasion needs to be done if we are to repeal ObamaCare and preserve the lives it threatens, and to establish conscience rights.  Please support the critical work of National Right to Life and Wisconsin Right to Life with a generous gift today, and please help spread the word about the abuses of ObamaCare and the need to repeal it!

 

Religions Unite in Opposition to the Obama Mandate

Although the Blunt amendment was defeated in the U.S. Senate, the amendment proved to be a unifying force among America's religious leaders.  The Blunt amendment would have established conscience rights and overturned the Obama mandate on birth control, morning after pill and sterilization which is an unprecedented and outrageous attack on religious liberty.   What President Obama has managed to do is unite a wide swath of religions across the country in opposition.   Religious leaders are keenly aware that today’s assault on Catholics is tomorrow’s assault on them.

Here is a sampling of comments by a variety of religious leaders prior to the vote in the U.S. Senate:

Dr. Matthew C. Harrison, President, The Lutheran Church — Missouri Synod:
“…we believe and teach that freedom of religion extends beyond mere houses of worship.  We must be able to exercise our faith in the public square….We deem this recent government mandate as an infringement upon the beliefs and practices of various religious communities…..this mandate will have the effect of forcing many religious organizations to choose between following the letter of the law or operating within the framework of their religious tenets.”

Rev. Mark G. Schroeder, President, Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod:
“We also encourage our members, as many others in various denominations and church bodies have done, to recognize and speak out against this clear threat to the blessing of religious liberty American citizens have enjoyed since the founding of the nation.   We also confess and affirm that if the government directs us to do something in clear violation of the will of God, we must obey God rather than men.”

Rabbi Meir Soloveichik, Director of the Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought, Yeshiva University:
“In refusing to extend religious liberty beyond the parameters of what the administration chooses to deem religious conduct, the administration denies people of faith the ability to define their religious activity.  Therefore, not only does the new regulation threaten religious liberty in the narrow sense…..but also the administration impedes religious liberty by unilaterally redefining what it means to be religious.”

Dr. Craig Mitchell, Associate Director of the Richard Land Center for Cultural Engagement, Southwester Baptist Theological Seminary:
“When Thomas Jefferson talked about a wall of separation between church and state, he was opposing persecution of people for their beliefs, but that is exactly what this mandate does…..If the purpose of government is to serve its people, then this rule is wrong.”

Dr. Samuel W. Oliver, President,East Texas Baptist University:
“If the government is allowed to go down this road, where will it end?  ….Today, the Administration is trying to force us to provide our employees with abortion causing drugs….If the government can force Catholic monks to dispense birth control, what can’t it do?  If the government can decide that East Texas Baptist University is not religious enough to have the right to religious liberty, what can’t it do?   If this administration can just decide that religious beliefs are less important than its chosen policy goals, what can’t it do?   These questions are frightening.  And that is why religious organizations and people of will from all across the spectrum are joining together out of concern that this mandate threatens to erode one of our most precious rights, our religious liberty, guaranteed to us by the First Amendment.”

Swiss Assisted Suicide Deaths Increase in 2011

According to Jared Yee, in an article published by Mercatornet.com, there has been a rapid rise in assisted suicide deaths in Switzerland in 2011 facilitated by the Swiss assisted suicide groups Dignitas and Exit.

“The number of people who died by assisted suicide in Switzerland by assisted-suicide organisations rose significantly in 2011, new figures show.  Exit, which assists the suicides of Swiss residents only, announced that it assisted the suicide of 416 people last year up from 348 the previous year. Of those deaths, 305 occurred in the German-speaking region, up from 257 in 2010, and 111 occurred in the French-speaking areas, up from 91 in the previous year. The organisation also saw a boom in new memberships.  It now has 75,000.  In 2011, Dignitas, Switzerland’s other major assisted-suicide organisation, assisted the suicide of 144 people, a 35% increase as reported by the Sonntag Zeitung.”

Dignitas specializes in assisting the deaths of people who travel from other countries, a practice fondly called “suicide tourism.”  Because many of those assisted come from the UK, “suicide tourism” has sparked intense debate in England about legalizing in that country so people do not have to travel to Switzerland.  “Suicide tourism” has also generated significant debate within Switzerland and in other parts of Europe.


 

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Important Right-to-Life Links

Nightingale Alliance
Wisconsin Right to Life founded the Nightingale Alliance in 2002 and operates its website in partnership with Christian Life Resources. This is the site for important, up-to-date information on assisted suicide and euthanasia worldwide.

Do No Harm
Look to Do No Harm for resources and information on adult and embryonic stem cell research and human cloning.

Wisconsin Teens for Life
Learn about student leadership camps, the annual Wisconsin Teens for Life Convention and how you can start your own group. Teens are saving lives all across Wisconsin!

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TeenBreaks
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Wisconsin Right to Life
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National Right to Life Committee
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About Wisconsin Right to Life

Wisconsin Right to Life is the state's premier pro-life organization and represents over one-half million households in Wisconsin. Wisconsin Right to Life believes that each human life is inherently valuable from fertilization until natural death. The mission of Wisconsin Right to Life is "To make euthanasia, assisted suicide, infanticide, abortion and the destruction of human embryos socially, ethically and legally unacceptable solutions to human problems and to promote positive alternatives to each of these acts."

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