Historic Medical Students for Life Tour Begins

The Medical Students for Life Bioethics Symposium and Tour begins today with stops at the University of Virginia School of Medicine (12-1pm in the 3rd Floor Auditorium of the Claude Moore Medical Education Building) and the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (7pm in Peabody Hall, Room 218). All are welcome to attend the events.

Speaking will be Dr. John Bruchalski, a former abortion provider, founder of the pro-life Tepeyac Family Center in Virginia, and one of the nation’s foremost medical experts on pro-life health care. You can view the full tour information here.

Upon the commencement of the new Med SFLA National Bioethics Symposium and Tour, Jon Russell, National Coordinator for Medical Students for Life, commented, “If we want ready access to health care, don’t we also want to trust the doctors and nurses providing that care? If the Obama Administration succeeds in demolishing our conscience rights, you will have little guarantee that your little girl’s doctor will have an ethical commitment past their paycheck.”

Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of Students for Life of America, also commented, “This Medical Students for Life tour is so critical for the future of the medical profession in our country. It is at medical schools that pro-life students are facing discrimination and pressure from their medical school to conform to their pro-abortion policies. Med SFLA has countered this by working with medical students across the country to inform them of their rights and will help counter these prevalent abortion policies with the first ever national Med SFLA speaking tour.”

The National Bioethics Symposium has been planned, visiting 22 medical schools and universities in February and March, to counter President Obama’s attempts to strike down physician conscience rights. The Obama Administration has commented that they will rescind the conscience rule by March 1, 2011. Under the Bush rule, finalized in 2008, recipients of federal health care funds are required to certify that they are in compliance with three existing federal conscience protection laws:  the Church amendment, the Public Health Service Act Section 245, and the Weldon Amendment (passed annually as part of Congressional appropriations).  Each of the laws cover different areas, but all relate to whether a health care professional can be required to participate in medical procedures or research activities against his or her religious beliefs or moral convictions.The tour looks to raise awareness about how the Bush conscience rule protects a healthcare professional from being required to participate in medical procedures or research activities against his or her moral convictions.

The tour will run from February 16-23 and March 16-23, with the first tour beginning at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, followed by stops at UNC – Chapel Hill, Mercer University and Mercer School of Medicine, Florida State University College of Medicine, University of South Alabama School of Medicine and Spring Hill College , Louisiana State University- New Orleans School of Medicine, and Tulane University School of Medicine. The second, March tour will begin in Minneapolis and continue with stops at Boston University and Chicago Medical School of Rosalind Franklin University and will finish with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine.

Visit the Medical Students for Life website for more information about the Med SFLA tour.

If you are a member of the media and are interested in attending the event, please contact Mary Powers, Communications Director at Students for Life of America, at mpowers@studentsforlife.org or at 703-351-6280.