HHS responds to Pro-Life Letter, Defends Conscience Rescission

**For Immediate Release**

Media Contact: Mary Powers
Email: mpowers@studentsforlife.org
Phone: 703-351-6280

Arlington, VA– The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has officially responded to pro-life concerns over the recent conscience rescissions for medical students and medical professionals. The response comes after Students for Life of America, Medical Students for Life of America, Christian Medical Association, Catholic Medical Association, and the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists sent a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius expressing concerns over the Obama administration’s latest attempt to discriminate against medical professionals of faith and conscience.

View the original letter sent to HHS  here and view the response letter from HHS here.

Upon receipt of Health and Human Services’ response, Kristan Hawkins, Executive Director of Students for Life of America commented, “While the Obama administration may not define life as beginning at fertilization, many Americans and medical professionals do. Conscience rights should be extended to health care providers who refuse to participate in actions which terminate the life of a human being after fertilization. The current U.S. Department of Health and Human Services regulations are inadequate to protect those rights of conscience as abortionifacent drugs like ella and Plan B are falling through the administration’s loophole.”

ella was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in August of 2010 for sale within the United States. The pill is both a contraceptive and abortificant, but the FDA chose only to label it as a contraceptive, deceiving millions of American women and forcing pro-life medical professionals to dispense the life-ending drug. Learn more about ella here: www.ellacausesabortions.com.

This February, the Obama administration rescinded the right of conscience to dispense drugs labeled as contraceptives. This action forces pro-life medical professionals to prescribe ella, Plan B, and other life-ending drugs even if doing so is a direct violation of the professional’s conscience.

The HHS response comes as the Christian Medical Association (CMA) released new polling data on May 3rd showing that 77% of American adults believe that it is important to “make sure that health care professionals in America are not forced to participate in procedures and practices to which they have moral objections.” A poll released previously by CMA revealed that 62% opposed a revocation of the conscience protection rule for medical professionals.

For interviews or questions about the HHS response, Contact Mary Powers at mpowers@studentsforlife.org or by phone: 703-351-6280.