Senator Proposes New Amendment to Healthcare Bill to Protect Pro-Life Doctors

9 12 2009

LifeNews.com is reporting that Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma has proposed a new pro-life amendment to the healthcare bill currently in the Senate. This amendment would provide protection to doctors who are morally opposed to providing abortions.

Coburn says the amendment is sorely needed because, despite federal laws to protect conscience rights, there are still numerous examples of health care providers being pressured or forced to do or assist in abortions — and some cases have occurred as recently as earlier this year.

One of the most recent and horrifying stories Coburn notes concerns a New York nurse, Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo, forced to assist in a late-term D&E abortion on a healthy unborn baby. Her case is in the courts and the hospital is trying to get the case dismissed saying she has no right to sue under the federal conscience law currently in existence.

I blogged about this case in July. The wording of Coburn’s amendment would also protect healthcare facilities that do not provide abortions.

Let’s pray that this amendment survives the process.

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Nurse Forced to Help in Abortion, Suing Hospital

26 07 2009

The NY Post is reporting that a nurse who claims she was ordered by her employer to participate in a late-term abortion is now suing that hospital.

“It felt like a horror film unfolding,” said Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, 35, who claims she has had gruesome nightmares and hasn’t been able to sleep since the May 24 incident.

The married mother of a year-old baby was 30 minutes into her early-morning shift when she realized she had been assigned to an abortion. She begged her supervisor to find a replacement nurse for the procedure. The hospital had a six-hour window to find a fill-in, the suit says.

Bosses told the weeping Cenzon-DeCarlo the patient was 22 weeks into her pregnancy and had preeclampsia, a condition marked by high blood pressure that can lead to seizures or death if left untreated.

The supervisor “claimed that the mother could die if [Cenzon-DeCarlo] did not assist in the abortion.”

But the nurse, the niece of a Filipino bishop, contends that the patient’s life was not in danger. She argued that the patient was not even on magnesium therapy, a common treatment for preeclampsia, and did not have problems indicating an emergency.

What a nightmare. Read the whole story, but make sure you’ve taken your blood pressure medicine first.