Christian Doctors Wary As Health Care Law Kicks In

BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Some Christian doctors who provide much of the care for America's poor say they may quit medicine or leave the country if the new health care law requires them to violate their convictions.

The senior vice president of the Christian Medical Association says that's what he's hearing from its thousands of members. Dr. Gene Rudd says they're concerned the law may require them to perform or facilitate abortions or prescribe things they consider immoral.

Rudd says more CMA doctors than ever are looking into leaving the country to practice medicine overseas. He believes that's because most of them feel called by God to minister to the sick and will go where they can do so with a clear conscience.

Rudd also says uncertainty over whether the new health care exchanges will divert patients to other doctors has deterred many CMA members from hiring new staff or expanding their practices.

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