Currently the Bush Administration has proposed new rules that would provide protection to doctors and other healthcare workers that are against abortion.
hhs.unr.edu/ncehp/docs/Pharmacistconscienceclauses.doc I understand that people should not do something they do not believe in, as I would not fight in a war. However, what are the limits when it comes to those in the medical profession?
In a small town, known as Fabens, the local pharmacist refused to fill an order of birth control, or carry EC because it was against his beliefs. This town only has one pharmacy, and the closest one is an hour away (car wise)and many like her that live in Fabens don't have the means to transportation. This of course is not the first instance of a woman being denied getting her prescription fill.http://http://www.prochoicetexas.org...00412261.shtml
The underlying laws deal mainly with abortion and sterilization, but both the laws and the language of the rule seem to recognize that objections on conscience grounds could involve other types of services.
"This regulation does not limit patient access to health care, but rather protects any individual health care provider or institution from being compelled to participate in, or from being punished for refusal to participate in, a service that, for example, violates their conscience," the rule said.
Since this is so vague, the possibility of women in the future
being limited in their rights to manage their own healthcare.
Do you think doctors and other healthcare workers should be allowed protection to refuse services? Should be there be a boundary as to where they can't say no?