Now pending in the Illinois General Assembly is House Bill 2354, the “Reproductive Health and Access Act”.
Francis Cardinal George, of Chicago, has issued a letter which merits reading, not only by Catholics, but by everyone who believes in freedom of conscience, and freedom from being commanded by the State to engage in morally abhorrent acts in order to practice your profession.
Thirty years ago, we were told that abortion is a rare but necessary tragedy and that abortion providers should not be legally punished. Today we are being told that abortion is a human right and that those who qualify it in any manner or who will not provide it should be legally punished.
This proposed law will drive Catholic doctors and nurses from health care and will make it impossible for Catholic hospitals to continue to be places where life is always respected, where no one is deliberately killed. In our country, we recognize conscientious objection to war, even though defending one’s country is a noble and moral act. We recognize the conscientious objection of those doctors who will not cooperate in administering the death penalty, even for terrible crimes. Why do some Illinois legislators want to take away conscientious objection to abortion?
To contact your Illinois legislator, please go to www.ilga.gov, or call 312-368-1066.