HR 4828, or the Conscience Protection Act of 2016, which I believe will be discussed again tomorrow and next week in the House of Representatives, aims “to prevent governmental discrimination against providers of health services who decline involvement in abortion, and for other purposes.” Here is my letter to Congressman Cedric Richmond (D-LA 2nd District) expressing my support of this Act:
Dear Mr. Richmond,
I would like to voice my support for HR 4828, The Conscience Protection Act of 2016, which will “prevent governmental discrimination against providers of health services who decline involvement in abortion, and for other purposes.”
Aside from the scandalous horror that is abortion which is continuously imposed upon Americans more and more, I’d like to establish that it is not right for the government to force people to pay for abortions whether through tax dollars or the health care system. Abortion is NOT a basic health care service for women — it the eerily well-funded government sanctioned deliberate murder of “unwanted” children (human beings).
In that vein, the government should not force (by penalty of fines, loss of license, etc.) any healthcare provider to participate in any abortion procedure if he or she determines it to be against his or her conscience. Each individual healthcare provider should decide whether he or she will choose to engage in the abortion procedure to the extent that he or she deems necessary, and that may mean refraining from any actions affiliated with this procedure.
We can not keep supporting and promoting laws that strip away individual freedoms of conscience and that promote the killing of other human beings (unborn children) for selfish gain. As a country, we are consistently demonstrating through legislation and executive orders that a human life has less and less value and that citizens are increasingly unable to make their own, independent, rational, and well-formed moral decisions within the guidelines of the Constitution without fear of penalty.
While The Conscience Protection Act of 2016 focuses mainly on healthcare providers and their affiliation with abortion procedures, supporting this Act would be a step in the right direction toward building a foundation for protecting other freedoms of conscience that are in danger of being stripped away from dutiful, virtuous, and wholesome citizens who are capable of making moral decisions and who should be protected and enabled to do so.
I encourage you to write to your representative in support of this important Act.
I just received a phone call from the marketing department of the medical center that I wrote to a few weeks ago (see here: Response to a Medical Article).
I spoke directly with the marketing director, who was very friendly. She said that I was right, and both she and the doctor agreed with me! They were apologetic and appreciated my perspective. I trust that their response is authentic and hope this helps, even in the slightest way, to combat the misconception that contraception is not the go-to answer for all of a woman’s reproductive and sexual health. Hopefully, their future articles will better promote all of the good and healthy things that these physicians can provide to their patients!
My husband & I have joined the Woman’s New Life Center as team members for their Born to Run 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 8:30 AM at Audubon Park, Shelter #10 Newman Bandstand. This festive event welcomes participants of all ages and fitness levels and will be a fun day for the whole family. The Run/Walk, which includes a one-mile option (that’s what I’m doing!), will conclude with a ‘Birth’ Day Party featuring great food, live music by Pelican212, and family activities. We expect over 400 runners and walkers to participate.
Founded in 2001, WNLC is a life-affirming counseling and medical center that serves women facing unplanned pregnancies in Southeastern Louisiana. With offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, WNLC offers a unique blend of services that includes professional counseling, pregnancy testing and ultrasounds, adoption facilitation, Creighton Model Fertility Care System, professional post-abortion counseling, extended counseling for individuals, families and couples, and a well-woman healthcare clinic.
As Captain for TEAM SOUTHLEFT, I have committed to help raise money and awareness for Woman’s New Life Center’s mission to save lives and I need YOUR HELP. I have a goal of raising at least $1,000 by April 9th. I ask that you consider making a gift to WNLC to help me reach my fundraising goal.
Please remember that no donation is too small and every donation is 100% tax deductible. Please visit the Born to Run web page at www.womansnewlife.com/borntorun and make a donation with your credit or debit card. Simply click the “Donate to a Team” button and enter SOUTHLEFT or KATIE PITRE. If you would rather mail a check (made payable to WNLC) you can send it to Woman’s New Life Center 3032 Ridgelake Dr., Suite 100, Metairie 70002.
Thanks in advance for all of your help and support. Together, we WILL save lives!
PS: Please feel free to share with friends and family who may want to help as well and post all over social media! 🙂
I got a quarterly magazine in the mail today from a large medical organization in our area. I deleted all the identifying information, but here is an image of the article:
My problem is with the yellow highlighted section. Here is my response I mailed in to the doctor who wrote this article:
Dear Dr. ***,
I don’t intend to come across as angry or rude, but I must admit that I was a bit discouraged with an item in your article “It Takes 2”, and I feel obliged to respond. You suggest that the first thing you should discuss with your OB/GYN is whether you “are on the correct contraceptive for your lifestyle.” This assumes that all women are either on or should be on some sort of contraceptive, and that it’s as versatile, normal, and fleeting as choosing the right dress or vehicle that “suits your lifestyle.”
Contraception is not a medical necessity for women (in the majority of cases), nor should it be taken lightly when it’s prescribed. Women should be educated first and foremost about the natural and healthy rhythm of their menstrual cycles. We should not be made to feel like it is normal for us to prohibit our reproductive organs from operating like they should. Contraception is an elective drug and, in my opinion, does not belong at the very top of the checklist of things to discuss with your OB/GYN. A more suitable replacement could be “menstrual cycle” or “reproduction.” Why don’t we see these itemized anywhere, as those are two universal items that all women deal with and, at least to me, are really important? Many people actually WANT to have babies in the context of responsible sex within healthy relationships, but for some reason we are discouraged bit by bit, even by the seemingly harmless, slightest promotion of contraception in articles such as yours.
In the same way that a PCP might direct someone to change their lifestyle for health benefits by losing weight or cutting back on drinking, smoking, or stress, I would hope that an OB/GYN would help women learn about their bodies and encourage them to manage their sex lives responsibly and conceive within a healthy relationship. By emphasizing contraception right off the bat, you discount that many women may actually have some sense of:
– self control over their sex drives;
– dignity in that they are more than just their ability to have sex whenever their partners may feel like it;
– concern over putting unnecessary drugs in their bodies that may actually cause more harm than good;
– desire for children.
While I know contraception isn’t going anywhere any time soon, it should not be touted as a necessity that all women use or a trend that ebbs and flows with our “lifestyles.” Proper education about the health and purpose of our menstrual cycles, reproductive abilities, and guidance as to whether being sexually active at the moment is really the healthiest option for our stage in life (in the same way guidance as to ceasing smoking or stress may be provided by a PCP) should be at the top of the list before contraception is even mentioned.
As a (Name of Organization) physician, I trust that you are an excellent doctor, and I do not intend for my commentary to be aimed toward your medical practice in particular. I’m confident that on a daily basis, you do have your patients’ best interests in mind. Nevertheless, I do think that it is important to realize the impact, however subtle, these kinds of statements can have on a casual reader. Thank you for taking the time to consider my perspective.
Feel free to leave your comments on this!