Rebecca Hagelin

Good doctors have consciences. And medicine that respects the conscience rights of its providers results in better medicine for patients. (Already, up to 20% of pro-life medical students decline to pursue OB-GYN specialties because of the perceived pressure to perform abortions.)

How to Save Your Family By Answering the Call to Conscience

Whether the new Obama regulations will stand remains to be seen. Court challenges or congressional action, such as Rep. Joe Pitts’ Protect Life Act, may eventually restore or expand those conscience protections.

But it’s one battle in an escalating war. As Charles Colson points out, conscience directs every facet of our lives, so the law must respect religious freedom in every arena, not only in health care.

As parents, we must raise our children to live by the strength of their own consciences. First, we must mold their sense of right and wrong, teaching them to think with the mind of God and to live accordingly. Many government (aka, “public”) schools, in contrast, teach relativism, where right and wrong depends on temporary feelings rather than the immutable law of God.

And just as we respect others’ rights of conscience, we must insist that others---including the government—respect our own freedom of conscience.

Consider adding your name to the Manhattan Declaration, a principled statement on conscience and morality, sponsored by leading clergy and scholars.

The Statement says, in part: “[T]he Manhattan Declaration is a call of Christian Conscience. It speaks to the church just as much as it speaks to the larger culture…. to take a stand on three vital issues: The sanctity of life, the dignity of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, and religious liberty. Every day new threats emerge to these three core principles of a good and just society. “

The Declaration has been signed to date by nearly half a million people. (Not without controversy, the Declaration had its own App on Google until it was removed because of complaints from the pro-gay lobby.) Reading it with your children- and then taking the step to sign it with them - is a great way to introduce them to the reality that one of the greatest virtues is the courage to stand up for personal convictions. It’s not enough to teach our children what is true – we must also teach them to defend it.

Rebecca Hagelin

Rebecca Hagelin is a public speaker on the family and culture and the author of the new best seller, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family.
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