Friday, August 22, 2008

Distugsting and Wrong

I'd say I couldn't believe that legislation had to be passed to protect jobs endangered by personal religious views, but I work in academia. Still, this is disgusting and wrong. And it has only been proposed, not passed.

Doctors' jobs are in danger. They're in danger when they refuse to provide abortions to women who asked for them, because abortion on demand goes against the doctors' religious convictions, and their own conscience.

Our first amendment to our constitution states, "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances." If a doctor has a moral objection to performing an abortion, and refuses, and his/her job is threatened because of such, that is an infringement upon the free exercise of religion. Especially since the law proposed, and supported by the current administration, only covers doctors that work at public institutions and hospitals. In other words, the doctors covered by the proposed legislation work for the government. Which, constitutionally, is barred from firing the doctors in the first place.

One of the sad things is that most of these doctors, while they might have an issue of conscience performing abortions on demand themselves, are willing to refer their patients to other doctors that do not have the same moral objections.

Of course, the abortion lobby is screaming that, if this law is passed, it paves the way for doctors to be allowed to refuse to prescribe contraceptives. NEWS FLASH, PEOPLE: abortion on demand is not the same as contraceptive. The abortion procedure ends a pregnancy that has already begun, and is progressing normally and healthily in almost all cases. A contraceptive prevents conception, and is something that most doctors have no objection to. And if a doctor does have an objection?

Well. This is America. Women have the freedom to vote with their feet, and take their business to doctors that don't have objections, either to aborting fetuses, or to prescribing contraceptives.

It's disgusting that this legislation has been proposed as necessary, and even moreso, that doctors' jobs are endangered by their consciences in the first place.

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