The Family Foundation supports the right of health care professionals and organizations, who have conscientious objections, to reject participation in or cooperation with the delivery and marketing of abortion or abortifacients, sterilization, contraception, embryo-destroying research or treatments, or euthanasia. Neither the state, nor professional licensing bodies, can be permitted to impose treatment or referral mandates which violate this right of conscience. In addition to this “provider’s” right of conscience, any reform of our country’s health insurance system should also include a “subscriber’s” right of conscience. This would provide those purchasing or enrolling in health insurance with the freedom to choose health plans in which their premium dollars will not be used to subsidize procedures or practices to which they have moral objections.
But conscience protection cannot be limited to just medical realms. The requirement to participate in, celebrate, or honor a spiritual ceremony, like a marriage, that is outside one’s own particular beliefs should not be pressed upon anyone. However, this protection is not and must not be used as an opportunity to deliberately discriminate against another. But if heartfelt, sincerely-held beliefs preclude one’s celebration of some ceremony or conduct that violates the conscience, that deepest conviction must be protected. After all, even when America was engaged in a world war that it could have lost, America honored the freedom of conscience principle and excused citizens with conscientious objections from fighting and killing against their sincerely-held beliefs.