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New Rule Protects Health-Care Workers' 'Right of Conscience'

And thank god, because, as a doctor, I have a moral issue with treating African-Americans for sickle cell anemia. Now I no longer have to treat this disease which is so clearly God's punishment for being black.

Dear doctors who don't want to have to practice medicine "in direct opposition to their personal convictions"... Tough shit. Don't be a doctor. Refusing to perform procedures is not a fucking free-speech issue. WITHHOLDING MEDICAL INFORMATION is not a free-speech issue. Perform the job you AGREED TO PERFORM and then go out and protest abortion to your heart's content. Pharmacists: fill the birth control prescription that is fucking LEGAL and then voice your support of the Vatican's stance wherever you please. YOU took the goddamn job and you knew what it entailed. The medical profession is ABSOLUTELY different from all other professions and you do not get to pick and choose which aspects of it are palatable to you.

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pigri
Dec. 18th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
http://pigri.livejournal.com/695848.html?mode=reply

yeah, i heard this was in the works. figures. but the thing is, paul, its not just the medical profession that should have to understand that their choice in profession will conflict with their personal convictions. as a public school teacher, i am not allowed to fail a kid who writes a persuasive essay about why everyone should be saved. i can't not teach multiple choice test taking strategies because i think standardized tests are bullshit. i can't stand in the front of the room and refuse to teach my kids who are undocumented immigrants. (not that i would, but you get my point). teachers are government workers bound by state and federal regulations, and we teach against our conscience ALL THE TIME. this piece of shit regulation is giving a free pass of protection to classes of occupations when the same protection doesn't exist elsewhere. i mean, i don't agree with it in general, but it's a special protection that is unconstitutional anyway.
wonderbink
Dec. 19th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
And you can tell this really mattered to Bush since he issued it as an order in the last thirty-odd days of his eight years in office.

It's posturing. It's designed so Obama will overturn it and they can tar him with the baby-killer brush. That's all.
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