Saturday, February 28, 2009

"Conscience" rule on the way out

According to The New York Times, the Obama administration is on the brink of undoing one of Bush's "midnight" rules which allowed health workers to refuse to participate in abortions or provide other health services in which they did not believe.

David Stout, writing for The New York Times, says this particular regulation was "announced on December 19, 2008, and took effect on the day President Obama took office."

Obama plans to publish an official notice of his intent, which will be followed by a 30-day period for public comment, "after which the regulation can be repealed or modified."

This rule, a particularly onerous one, "prohibits recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or assist in abortions or sterilization procedures because of their 'religious beliefs or moral convictions.'"

Guess which organization was one of it's biggest supporters. Yup. The good old Roman Catholic Church, which has always believed it had the right to decide right and wrong for the rest of us!

This is a particularly onerous rule because opponents such as the AMA say "it could have voided state laws requiring insurance plans to cover contraceptives and requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraception to rape victims. It could also all drugstore employees to refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives..."

One big victory for the good guys!

1 comment:

Bob Poris said...

Unbelievable! My conscience allows me to kill under certain situations; it allows me to do all sorts of things that one religion or another prohibits. Which religion should prevail and be the law of the land? Perhaps Judaism as the oldest and the only one that produced the written word of

God on tablets given to Moses. It also gave Christ to the world. Perhaps Islam as it came later, so one might assume was an updated view of the one God. Maybe Mormon because it originated in the USA or Scientology as it originated in England and uses modern methods for curing ills. I left out the Eastern religions because few seem to know much about them.

Pick one and make it the law of the land and if some don’t like it, they can always leave and take their contributions with them.

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