Alert! Medical Professionals Might Have To Do Their Job!

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Man, this AFA stuff is incredible.  Thanks again for whoever signed me up for it.

Here is today’s Action Alert: “Obama seeks to take away religious rights of doctors and health care professionals who refuse to perform abortions”

You probably don’t want to or need to read the whole thing.  It doesn’t say anything particularly interesting.  Here’s the gist:

According to several news agencies, President Barack Obama will rescind the “conscience rule” that protects health workers who refuse to participate in abortions or other medical procedures that go against their moral and religious beliefs. If the rule is rescinded, doctors, nurses and other health care workers could lose their jobs or be punished professionally for adhering to their sincerely held religious convictions. Obama’s proposal would take away their religious freedom.

Maybe I read this all wrong, but it just sounds stupid to me.

If you have a certain religious belief that would affect your ability to do a job, don’t you just… avoid that job?

And if you can’t or won’t do the job that you’re being paid to do, then why is it unfair that you be removed from that job?  Why would you expect to still get paid?

How is religious freedom being challenged?  Anyone can still believe anything.  That doesn’t mean they should get special privileges in the workplace.

And even though the AFA is making this about abortion…

The Obama administration is doing the bidding of pro-abortion advocacy groups who seek to penalize health care providers who refuse to participate in abortions.

…it’s much worse than that!  It’s pharmacists who won’t dispense birth control!  I’m pretty sure that not all women who take birth control take it JUST so they don’t get pregnant; my limited understanding of female anatomy and my friends’ experiences make me pretty sure that it can have a lot of other helpful regulating effects for some women.  How awful would it be to be refused your prescribed medication just because some pharmacist wanted to be all righteous?

AFA wants you to email the White House to help protect religious privilege.

My recommendation? Avoid health care professionals who care more about their own righteousness than your well-being.

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There are 4 Comments to "Alert! Medical Professionals Might Have To Do Their Job!"

  • Mark says:

    Mr Ford,
    Doctors got into the practice to help keep people alive not to kill unborn children. Why is it ok for you to stand up for your beliefs and yet when someone who opposes your views stands up for their ideas suddenly they are close minded. Why is it that women get the right to decide whether or not they want to keep the baby but a doctor can’t choose whether or not to break one of the most sacred commandments of not taking the life of another human being? If a woman can decide to kill her unborn child than a doctor should be able to refuse to kill the baby.

  • ZackFord says:

    If performing abortions is part of the doctor’s job description, then ze is responsible for doing hir job. If there is a part of the job description that the doctor is opposed to, then ze should not have that job.

    There is no need for a special exception. Just get a job you can fulfill.

  • Mark says:

    But normal OBGYN’s perform abortions. Perhaps he or she wanted to DELIVER babies not kill fetuses. There aren’t doctors the preform abortions solely as his or her job. If there were a profession that performed abortions then yeah it wouldn’t make sense for a pro life person to have that job.

  • Will Rundle says:

    “If there were a profession that performed abortions then yeah it wouldn’t make sense for a pro life person to have that job.”

    Yes, that would be OB/GYN. It comes with the territory.

    I mean, frankly, this is like signing up to be a telephone wire repair worker and then complaining of a fear of heights. If you are unwilling to take on the responsibilities of a job, don’t take that job. No one is forced to sign a contract and be a doctor; it’s entirely their choice.

    The most insidious part about this, though, is that it’s about much more than abortion. That’s just a front. This kind of legislation is designed to allow doctors to deny services to LGBT patients. It’s designed to protect, for example, fertility doctors who do work with artificial insemination but then refuse those services to lesbian couples, and so on.
    Much like in the old days when restaurants argued that it was their right to deny service to blacks, doctors are now arguing that they have a right to deny service to LGBT people. It’s a blatant push to enshrine discrimination into law.

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