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Who Pays for the Pill? (I)

The clash between reproductive freedom and religious conscience

Oct 2, 2000, Vol. 6, No. 03 • By JOE LOCONTE
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And tomorrow is fast approaching. In June, the American Medical Association considered a plan that would have required hospitals receiving federal money -- virtually all hospitals -- to offer "a full range" of reproductive services, including abortion. It took the unprecedented intervention of Cardinal Francis George of Chicago to persuade AMA delegates to defeat the measure. In August, the National Institutes of Health approved federal funding for research on human embryos. For anyone still serious about bedrock American notions of freedom, it would be foolhardy not to ask where all this leads.

Joe Loconte is the William E. Simon fellow in religion and a free society at the Heritage Foundation and a commentator on religion for National Public Radio.