Last-minute Bush Abortion Ruling Causes Furor

A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job-discrimination laws.

The proposed rule would prohibit recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or to assist in the performance of abortions or sterilization procedures because of their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.”

It would also prevent hospitals, clinics, doctors’ offices and drugstores from requiring employees with religious or moral objections to “assist in the performance of any part of a health service program or research activity” financed by the Department of Health and Human Services.  (click here to read the full International Herald Tribune article)

And this is bad how?  Many of the people quoted in the article seem to say that this is an unnecessary regulation.  I can remember hearing stories of pharmacists being fired for not filling prescriptions for the “morning after pill”.  Click here and here to read about a couple such incidences.  So, it seems that this regulation may indeed be necessary. Sadly, Obama’s aides have already said they will try to rescind the regulation.  I hope they will be unsuccessful in that effort but I fear they will succeed.

You can make the argument that the pharmacists, doctors, etc. should have chosen another profession or discussed their beliefs on such issues with their employers prior to accepting the job and I would not dispute that as a valid point.  At the same time, we already have many protections in our country for various religious beliefs.  This regulation, on the face of it, seems to be basic commen sense.  Read the article and give me your opinion.


4 Responses to Last-minute Bush Abortion Ruling Causes Furor

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  2. Michael says:

    If any pharmcist has any objection to filling any prescription they feel is against their moral or religious belief they should resign their postion, and either 1) seek employment with someone who meets their morals and beliefs, or 2) invest in their own pharmacy that does not dispense birth control or morning after prescriptions. It is their employment responsibility to fulfill the wishes of the doctor and patient.

    As an employer, though not in the pharmacy industry, I feel this is one of the most absurd things I have heard of. Should we now be required to add additional employees of varying beliefs in order to comply with varying customer requirements


  3. Alan says:

    I’m always amazed how Michael, and those who think like him, falsely equate the many who refuse to participate in what they understand to be the destruction of human life with those who refuse to service more typical customer needs.

    The dispensing of “the morning after pill” or assisting in the performance of an abortion violates the core principle of “Thou shall not murder” for many people in this country. If certain folk can’t understand this and demand that everyone participate in “killing” when asked – or quit their jobs – freedom in America will be the ultimate victim.

    The real truth is that those who do not have a problem with the destruction of human life want to have their consciences soothed (if they have not be completely seared already) in knowing that they have been able to browbeat some who respect human life into doing what is evil.


  4. l3rucewayne says:

    On an economic level, not giving this protection will mean many religious believers who will decide not to go into the medical profession because they will fear being forced to do such things or resign. Because I have heard of such situations, I as a religious believer would not want to get into the medical profession for that reason [also I get squeamish], just like I am the disinclined to study biology because I don’t feel like dealing with harassment over my Intelligent Design views.

    On a practical level, I doubt that protecting religious believers from being forced to do such things would create many situations where the employer could not find another employee to do the task.

    On a moral level, I think its pretty obvious, people’s freedom of conscience should not be compromised by fear of getting fired. Perhaps they should have the proposed legislation apply when the employees fail to write it into their work contracts (prominently) that the worker will be expected to be willing to perform such tasks, then those who are uncomfortable with that can go to other work places. (Assuming there are enough such work places to go around.)


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