The James Dobson Family Institute (JDFI) issues the following statement from James Gottry, Esq., Vice President of Public Policy for the Dobson Policy Center, regarding the action taken today, Wednesday, August 28, by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, in response to the University of Vermont Medical Center's decision to coerce healthcare professionals into participating in abortion:
"Doctors and nurses, those faithful men and women committed to preserving life, should never be required to take life. And yet a nurse at the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) was coerced into participating in an abortion.
"We applaud the actions of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, which announced today that it is taking action against the UVMMC. The Medical Center blatantly violated the law by forcing a nurse to participate in an abortion, and by maintaining a policy that will cause additional personnel to participate in abortion procedures despite moral or religious objections.
"Abortion ends the life of an unborn baby. It irrevocably alters the lives of the child's mother and father. And it wounds those who participate—whether willingly or unwillingly.
"Healthcare professionals should never be forced to choose between their calling and their conscience Unless we vigorously defend freedom of conscience, tragic stories like this will continue to become reality.
"Americans must let their voices be heard. Join us in thanking President Trump; Roger Severino, Director of the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; and this administration for recognizing the importance of protecting freedom of conscience and the sanctity of human life."