You see, the theocrats who are on their way out on Tuesday want to step up enforcement of the so-called Church Amendment, which protect health care providers (defined broadly) from the consequences of their own malpractice. With Church in place, your doctor (if she receives federal funds) can refuse to tell you about or prescribe birth control (as one example). Of course, she can do that anyway, but the Church Amendments protect her from being fired on account of her idiocy (although I’m not sure if they protect her from malpractice suits).
The Washington Post is reporting today that the new regs are being challenged, and not a moment to soon. What kind of idiocy are we dealing with here?
“The regulation is important, because we increasingly are seeing discrimination against health-care personnel who hold religious beliefs having to do with abortion and contraception,” said David Stevens, chief executive of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. “Unless these conscience rights are protected, people are going to be driven out of health care.”
What a steaming pile of guano. The CMDA needs to stop their whining. If their particular cult’s beliefs prevent them from practicing medicine properly, the should be driven out of health care. If fact, it would be a very good idea to let pre-meds know quite explicitly before they matriculate that their own personal beliefs are going to take a back seat to those of their patients for the rest of their lives. Medicine is full of ethical conundrums, but this isn’t one of them. If your morals don’t allow you to follow the standard of care of your profession, get the hell out. I don’t give a rat’s ass what your beliefs are, I just want the best medical care available, and if you can’t provide it, then get a job at Starbucks and make me my damned coffee.
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