1 The Need for Conscience Protection There has been much debate about the need fo r abortion-related consci ence protection in the not limited to abortion s pose a threat to conscience that is pending health care bills. But the bill . 1. Current federal law permits, without fanfare, the accommodation of a wide range of religious and moral objections in the provisio n of health insurance and services . Currently, insurers are free under federal law to accommodate purchasers or plan sponsor s with moral or religious objections to certain services. Plans may, and currently do, accommodate those objections by allowing purchasers not to buy coverage for assisted suicide, gender change surgery, contraceptives, sterilizati on, in vitro fertilization, or other procedures that the purch aser or sponsor finds religiously or morally problematic. Likewise, federal law currently does not forbid insurers from excluding from their plans any services that the insurers themselves oppose on moral or religious grounds . Nor does federal law forbid a health benefits plan from accommodating the moral or religious object stitutional health care ions of individual or in ng with a plan. Indeed, th providers, or prevent such providers from contracti ese various freedoms have hardly been considered accommodati ons, because they have not been requests for exceptions to general rules, but simply decisions not to buy, or otherwise not to participate in, cove rage for the objectionable services. And these conscience-based decisions by some participants in the system happen daily and without incident. 2. The proposed healthcare bills would impose mandates to cover certain services, creating new risks of conflicts over conscience new alth plans to cover “essential . The current bills require he benefits.” The essential benefits, in turn, must include certain specifi ed categories, such as “ambulatory patient services,” “prescription drugs,” and “preventiv e” services. And within t hose categories, the bills designate an Executive Branch offici al to define what specific servic es plans must cover. Thus, any must be provided—regardless of item or service defined as “essential” any conscientious objection on The freedom that insurers, purchasers, and sponsors the part of the insurer, purchaser, or plan sponsor. currently enjoy under federal law to are not morally or religiously offer or purchase health plans that objectionable to them will be lost. In addition, in various ways, the bills give the Executive Branch the providers by health plans. H authority to regulate the selection of ealth plans may therefore be newly required to exclude providers because they have a particular procedures. conscientious objection to freedom of conscience that insurers, purchasers, 3. The final bill should be fixed to retain the sponsors, and providers curre ntly have under federal law . In light of these new mandates, Congress is faced with the question whether it will require those who wish to pa rticipate in the vital work of providing health care coverage and se rvices in America to violate their conscience as a condition of that no. The right to conscience protection derives from participation. The answer should be a resounding the dignity of the human person—it s hould not be limited to a particular procedure or religious group. Out of respect for this foundational principle, Congress should expressly declare in the final bill that it should not be construed to prohibit accommodations of conscience for those who participate in the delivery or coverage of health car e services. Such a protection woul d not amend any other federal law, burdens on or affect any state or loca only the new law from imposing new l law, but instead prevent conscience. This would not eff ect a sea change regarding consci ence protection, but instead would prevent one.
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