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Stupak health-reform amendment threatens religious freedom

Catholic-driven debate about the role of abortion in health reform legislation conceals “the fact that the foundational theologies among Jews, Muslims, and even many otherwise “conservative” Christians are more nuanced and complicated than the simplistic and absolutist stands taken by the “C Street” Democrats and their supporters,” writes Gordon D. Newby,professor of Jewish, Islamic, and Comparative Studies at Emory University.

The House bill tramples the complex variety of American faith in favor of a particular view whose narrowness paves “the way to enact religious discrimination into law; on the important and fundamental issues of life and health, many religious Americans will be unable to live and act according to their own religious consciences and beliefs.”

Read the entire piece here.

Update

Will the USCCB craft and push for a revision?

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November 16, 2009 - Posted by | Health, Religion | , , , ,

3 Comments

  1. The religious liberty argument in support of abortion is obviously not new. But Roe v. Wade did not rely on a First Amendment analysis. These arguments – like the religious liberty arguments made by groups like Americans United in support of same-sex marriage – have not been accepted by constitutional scholars and the Courts.

    There are just much stronger arguments to make on behalf of gay rights and abortion rights.

    Religious discrimination regarding abortion is not new though if one is to adopt their argument. The abortion decisions of the Supreme Court have already enacted religious discrimination into law by allowing states to put legislative restrictions on abortion (parental notification laws, late term laws, partial birth laws, etc.)

    Even pro-choicers have to be able to put limits on abortion. The religious liberty argument interferes with this ability in my opinion.

    It is a bit ironic that generally the people who support a robust reading of the Free Exercise Clause when it comes to abortion turn around and interpret the Free Exercise Clause in a much narrower sense when the claims of religious liberty clash with gay rights.

    Comment by Big Daddy Weave | November 16, 2009

    • Good points.I think he’s arguing that Stupak and future Stupak-like restrictions codify the dictates of one set of religious beliefs at the expense of many others and so have the effect of eroding liberty.

      Comment by baptistplanet | November 25, 2009

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