Rabbi Craig Miller on Kamala Harris Says She Supports Religious Freedom. What Exactly Does That Mean?

In a recent interview with the Religion News Service, vice-presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris expressed her support for the toleration of the religious beliefs and conscience of all Americans.

Her exact words were: “Religious freedom and tolerance have been core principles of this country since our founding, and Joe and I will uphold and protect them — while protecting believers of all faiths.”

As a Rabbi and a Democrat, I was pleasantly surprised to see a high-profile Democrat say this. At Democrats For Life of America, we applaud Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ commitment to respecting all faiths equally. But as an organization representing 21 million pro-life Democrats, we ask if this tolerance will be applied to healthcare workers who object to abortion.

According to the abortion lobby and some Democratic lawmakers, conscientious objections have no place in healthcare. As recently as last year, the University of Vermont Medical Center came under fire for forcing a nurse to participate in an abortion despite her moral objections.

Katherine Ragsdale, interim president and CEO of the National Abortion Federation, believes that pro-life medical professionals should seek employment in another field: “Those health care workers who do not allow them to provide compassionate care or to perform the duties their patients require and their employers assign should feel free and encouraged to find other work.”

Democrats For Life believes that pro-life medical professionals of all faith backgrounds (or no faith) belong in healthcare, and those who entered the medical field to save lives should not be forced to perform abortions. We believe that the religious and moral objections of pro-life healthcare providers can be respected without compromising the high-quality care patients have a right to.

We also ask how a Biden-Harris administration’s commitment to respecting all Americans’ freedom of conscience squares with opposition to the Hyde Amendment. A January 2020 Marist poll indicates that 60% of Americans, including 41% of Democratic women, have serious moral objections to their tax dollars funding abortions.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Rabbi Craig Miller

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