Last-minute Bush Abortion Ruling Causes Furor
November 19, 2008 4 Comments
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.