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House Passes Bill Protecting Health Care Providers from Being Forced to Provide Abortions

For Immediate Release. September 27, 2002Neither the government or the courts should be able to force hospitals and other health care organizations to perform or pay for abortions or be compelled to refer a woman for abortion services.

The House of Representatives should be lauded for its efforts as it passed on September 25, 2002, the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2002 (H.R. 4691) by a 229-198 vote which protects organizations from being forced to provide abortion services. Tragically, as well as unconstitutionally, officials and courts in some states force health care providers to offer abortion services which is morally and ethically wrong.

"The United States government should promote life, not death as it has for almost 30 years resulting in a culture of death," said Dr. Joel P. Rutkowski, president of the American Voice Institute of Public Policy. "Such legislation is just one more positive effort in establishing a culture of life that is so needed in this nation."

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