Giving Health Care Workers the Right to Choose
Rob Stein reports today on a bitter debate about a proposed Bush administration regulation that would deny federal funding to any hospital, clinic, health plan or other entity that does not accommodate employees who object to abortion and to birth-control methods they consider tantamount to abortion.
Supporters of the proposal say it is "necessary to safeguard doctors, nurses and other health workers who, they say, are increasingly facing discrimination because of their beliefs or are being coerced into delivering services they find repugnant," Stein writes. Those services would include including providing birth-control pills, IUDs and the Plan B emergency contraceptive.
While the debate is undoubtedly bitter, the readers who have bothered to comment on the story at this hour are profoundly one-sided in their opposition to the proposal. They ask why people who have these problems would take jobs where actions they find repugnant are performed. Many suggest that this is another entry in the long history of men suggesting what is appropriate for women. Others object to what they see as the religious right attempting to impose its beliefs and will on the rest of a country.
We'll start with kansasgal1, who wrote, "This is called the back door policy of medical management of women. I, would support the women doctors, pharmacists and others who withheld information of and prescriptions for Viagra and other pro sex pills if this went through and wait for the uproar to begin."
But rchayes said, "...You want birth control or an abortion, fine, I am not going to stop you but don't ask me to help you or to help pay for it. If this doctor or that drug store doesn't want to do what you want, no problem. Just look around and you will find someone more than happy to help you. You have the right to get anything legal you want but you do not have the right to tell someone else that they have to give up their rights to help you..."
bb211 asked, "Why are the most "undesirable" treatments always only those that women would choose? Let women make decisions about their own bodies... Find another job if you don't approve of your current one. We've all had to do it for one reason or another."
craiggger said, "Religion has no place in public health care. There are plenty of private and religious supported health care institutions to provide jobs to medical personnel of faith and health care to patients of faith."
But MarkFoxenberg wrote, "If someone complains that our being against abortion is based on religion, than couldn't the same be said for laws against murder? If "Thou Shalt Not Kill" is a religious commandment, then why aren't murder laws thrown out as being state sponsorship of religion?..."
amy_e wrote, "I thought republicans believed in less regulation. Apparently when it benefits fundies they're all for it. Hypocrites!"
stuck_in_Lodi said, "If you don't want to provide services that violate your conscience, don't put yourself in a position where that might be required... If you don't want to provide those services, work at a Catholic hospital..."
saver asked, "If one can object to certain aspects of one's job on religious grounds who decides which religons are covered?... Atheist vegans have just as strong and deep conscience about animal maltreatment. Can they refuse to accept meat deliveries at Safeway and not get fired?"
Damndofhell wrote, "...The only question is what will the christian taliban make us wear, we who do not accept their rule."
youarestillidiots said, "...Can't wait until the only public health clinic in some rural Bible-belt county loses its federal funding over a Buddhist/Muslim/Pagan/Wiccan/Satanist employee's objection to prozac or viagra or lipitor..."
jack824 asked, "And how about prosecutors & judges personally opposed to the death sentence or to long prison terms for low-grade offenses? Immigration officials who believe it is a sin to turn down anyone in need?..."
thebobbob said, "...Religious beliefs are made up fantasy. Medicine is real, for real sick people. You don't work in a hospital if you don't 'believe' in surgery. You don't work in a pharmacy if you won't dispense the drugs the doctors order..."
graced8669 wrote, "...Let me describe a scenerio for you. A women has a missed abortion (miscarrage) and is bleeding severely. It is 2am. There is one OR nurse "on call" She refuses to assist in a D& C to save the women's life. States the fetus might still be viable... Women bleeds to death. Now you smart folks? Which is the biggest sin?"
We'll close with karela, who said, "I'm an RN. Doctors write orders. Nurses follow them. If you don't want to work with the problems of women, then you can work in orthopedics or pediatrics or neonatal ICU or many other areas... This is a blatant attempt to circumvent a woman's right to choose what is best for her own body and it would be an insurmountable barrier for poor women, rural women, women who only have access to one clinic and many others..."
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