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Bishops support denial of legal services.

THREE CATHOLIC ORGANIZAtions have lobbied the US Senate, urging it to uphold legislation that places extreme limitations on the right of conscience of women seeking safe and legal abortion services. The legislation, approved last December, permits all hospitals, not just those controlled by the Catholic church, to deny women and doctors the right to some services. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Catholic Health Association (a trade organization for Catholic health institutions) and the Catholic Medical Association have urged lawmakers to uphold this federal refusal clause. Sen. Barbara Boxer (Democrat, Calif.) has indicated her intention to introduce legislation to rescind the refusal clause protection by the end of April. On January 25, California Attorney General Bill Lockyer also challenged the provision, known as the Hyde-Weldon Amendment, by filing a lawsuit claiming that the measure violates state sovereignty. As it stands, the law does not protect the conscience of women and their doctors, who may well consider abortion and other services prohibited by the church to be profoundly moral and medically necessary.
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Title Annotation:The Church and State
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jun 22, 2005
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