Abortion: A matter of conscience?


As today's showdown on the abortion-rights bill plays out on the floor of the House of Delegates, the legislators will be debating an amendment concerning the so-called conscience clause. The clause is that part of the bill meant to protect doctors, nurses and other health-care workers who oppose abortion.

Catholic hospitals are contending that the new bill without the amendment protecting health-care workers who refuse to make referrals for abortions compromises the religious freedom of people who choose not to refer women for abortions.

Do you believe that doctors and other health-care workers should have the right to refuse to refer a woman for an abortion?

Secondly, do you believe this is an issue of religious freedom?

To register your opinion, call SUNDIAL at 783-1800 (or 268-7736 in Anne Arundel County) today until midnight. It's a local call in the Baltimore area. After you hear the greeting, you'll be asked to enter a four-digit code on your Touch-Tone phone. Enter 4600 and you'll be connected with "It's Your Call," The Evening Sun's phone survey on topical issues.

"It's Your Call" represents a sampling of opinions from certain segments of the community, but it is not balanced demographically, as would be done in a scientific public opinion poll.

Look for the results in Tuesday's Evening Sun.

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