I received this email about an hour ago.

PLEASE, call the White House and President Obama and tell him that the Christian people want protection for the Freedom of Conscience Act. If this Act is rescinded no health care worker, hospital, doctors office, doctor, nurse, pharmacy, pharmacist, or health care facility will legally be able to deny access to abortion procedures or assistance, regardless of their belief, without suffering legal proceedings against them.

As Christians it is our duty to protect life from the womb to the tomb.

PLEASE CALL TODAY BEFORE IT IS TO LATE! YOUR CALL MUST BE RECEIVED BEFORE APRIL 9.

THE WHITE HOUSE MESSAGE LINE IS: 1-202-456-1111


What bothers me about this email, even if I did agree with its general message, is that it is completely misrepresenting everything other than there is an act called the freedom of conscience act.
1. It implies that the act is in force, which it is not. The act has only been referred to committee.
2. It implies that without it people who disagree with abortion will be forced to provide them. Which is not happening, unless of course you get a job providing abortions then change your mind and refuse to quit your job. All employers should expect their employees to do the job that they are hired to do, as long as it is legal of course. If the employee refuses to fulfill their duties they should look for other jobs or be fired.
3. It implies that it only deals with abortion. Which again, surprise, it does not.
The Freedom of Conscience Act consists of a single line. "No Federal official may expend any Federal funds for any population control or population planning program or any family planning activity (including any abortion procedure), irrespective of whether such program or activity is foreign or domestic."
So it seems like an act aimed at killing all federal funds going to any group that provides any information about family planning and birth control. So I would wonder if that would include any religious groups teaching their preferred method of birth control? I know it would kill most public school sex education, other than abstinence only education, not to mention providing condoms to Africa to help stop the aids epidemic.
Nice!

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-1233

http://www.opencongress.org/bill/111-h1233/text

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Comment by Matt Petree on April 7, 2009 at 9:26am
I sent her an email with the actual bill and explained to her that it didn't say what she claimed it did. Then she accused me of believing anything the pro choice people say and that I was misinformed. With a bunch of emotional pleading and red herrings of course.
I responded back to her that all I did was read the bill at the library of congress and unless they are lying I am in fact very well informed.
Comment by Matt Petree on April 6, 2009 at 7:35pm
Indeed.
Comment by Greg Lammers on April 6, 2009 at 7:31pm
Good riddance, may this act be history. And the sooner the better.

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