Emma Akpan: No faith-based laws

July 9, 2013 

Faith-based laws

One of the provisions in the N.C. Senate’s sweeping abortion bill would allow any health care provider, including receptionists in clinics, to opt out of providing abortion coverage for any moral or religious reasons.

As a minister, I know that religion can be an important force in a person’s life, but religious freedom is an individual right. Each person has the right to worship as he sees fit and to adopt whatever moral compass she feels is right for her. The government should not impose a chosen set of faith-based rules on anyone; that is why religious freedom is protected in the U.S. constitution.

While freedom of religion means workers should not be punished for bringing their religious beliefs to the workplace, there needs to be balance in respecting the religious beliefs of both the employee and the client being served.

Emma Akpan, Raleigh

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