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.”