Aug 282008

It seems the patients have once again taken over the asylum that is the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. HHS is reviewing a draft regulation that would deny federal funding to any hospital, clinic, health plan or other entity that does not accommodate employees who want to opt out of participating in care that runs counter to their personal convictions, including providing birth-control pills, IUDs and the Plan B emergency contraceptive.

So, under this regulation, if a doctor or nurse has some sort of religious objection to you, your lifestyle, you medical condition and/or the treatments associated with those things, they can just walk away and LET YOU DIE. This is further politicization of science that this administration has become famous for, but this one directly affects the health and well-being of American Citizens.

According to a leaked draft of the regulation, which HHS refuses to comment on:

…numerous cases have been reported of health-care workers being “required to violate their consciences by providing or assisting in the provision of controversial medicine or procedures.” It adds that many states have recently passed laws requiring health plans to pay for contraception, pharmacists to fill prescriptions for birth control, and hospitals to offer Plan B to women who have been raped. “In general, the Department is concerned that the development of an environment in the health care industry that is intolerant of certain religious beliefs, ethnic and cultural traditions, and moral convictions may discourage individuals from underrepresented and diverse backgrounds from entering health care professions,” the document states.

So HHS, your government, is more concerned about the religious beliefs and cultural traditions of an individual who CHOSE to go into the medical profession (we don’t have a draft for doctors) than they are in your ability to get the best healthcare procedures.

The complete article can be read on-line at the Washington Post. It’s a very scary article.

Should healthcare workers be able to refuse to provide services they find morally objectionable?

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  • No (100%, 7 Votes)

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