At the beginning of this month we wrote about efforts the Bush administration is making to protect the rights of people in the medical profession who do not want to be forced to participate in any way, shape or form in providing, aiding or abetting abortion. Of course, all the predictable howling was heard from the wolves on the left who reserve choice (so-called) for one thing and one thing only — abortion. (School choice? Nyet! Social Security choice? Nyet! Choice in joining a union? Nyet! Type of car you drive, food you eat and medical treatment you get: Nyet! Nyet! Nyet! Or at least if they get their way. But you get the picture.)

But there is some good news to report. In late July, the Virginia Catholic Conference faxed letters to members of the U.S. House of Representatives asking them to sign a letter by Representatives Dave Weldon (R-Florida) and Lincoln Davis (D-Tennessee) that supports the conscience rights for health care providers and the new proposed regulations by the Department of Health and Human Services. (For more information about the issue, click here.)  

Before the fax went out, only 60 Representatives had signed the Weldon-Davis Letter, none of them from Virginia. However, within a few days, 72 more Congressmen signed on, including Virginians Eric Cantor (R-7), Thelma Drake (R-2), Randy Forbes (R-4), Virgil Goode (R-5), Bob Goodlatte (R-6), Rob  Wittman (R-1), and Frank Wolf (R-10).

Unfortunately, Congressmen Rick Boucher (D-9), Tom Davis (R-11), Jim Moran (D-8) and Bobby Scott (D-3) inexplicably did not sign the letter. Mostly predictable. Still Disappointing. The hypocricy abounds: The left wants to force people who don't agree with — in polite terms we'll call an elective procedure — to provide support for it. What country is this?

We applaud the Virginia Catholic Conference, Representatives Weldon and Davis, the Virginia Congressmen who signed their letter, the Bush administration, and all who work diligently to ensure this most basic right to those in the medical profession.