Because freedom can't protect itself
the aclu needs to move to cuba, they are a worthless organzation. the cia did the right thing. i did my job to protect america in iraq and the dirtbags the cia questioned should be dead. the cia did a great job except the dirtbags are still alive
This rule doesn't only apply to reproductive care. What is to stop someone in the health care arena such as an insurance billing clerk from converting to Christian Science and then refusing to bill a patient's insurance company for care or for drugs the patient is prescribed. This rule also allows clerks, janitors, cashiers and the like to refuse to provide any service.
Finally, the worst part of it is that the provider taking advantage of this rule does not have to even inform their employer of what they are doing. They can just refuse to provide care including information and referrals, the patient may be none the wiser - and even the employer is not aware of what is going on.
This whole thing is a bunch of poppycock. If your conscience says you cannot participate in care of a patient - then you need to find another career.
A health professional should never be forced to perform an abortion, if it is against his conscience.
I am a member of ACLU, and if ACLU supports such use of coersion or force to have an abortion peformed, that could easily be performed in another hospital, THEN STRIKE MY NAME FROM YOUR LIST OF MEMBERS
No one is talking about forcing anyone to do anything.
I am just saying that if doctors/nurses/whoever don't want to do abortions - they should not be working in an arena where someone might be expected to do so.
The idea that someone could hire a health care provider - and then have that person not only refuse to provide these services - but fail to even notify the employer that they are doing this is unconscionable.
And to your point about going somewhere else - that's fine if you live in a place where there is that choice. In many of our large western states that is not the case. Many communities have no hospital at all, and the one people have to go to is many hours of driving away.
The Bush Rule allows these providers to not only refuse to provide services - but they don't have to tell the patient about alternative access.
The rule we had before was working fine. ACLU is basically asking to go back to what we had before - no one was forced to do anything they didn't want to. But the patients were informed of what was going on, and providers are required to give them information and referrals to someone who will.
"No one is talking about forcing anyone to do anything."
It should be called the "Doctors aren't slaves" rule, it denies women choice about health care in the EXACT same sense as the 13th amendment denied plantation owners choice about how to raise cotton.
It's embarrassing that you can't figure out that a right to do something in no way implies a right to COMPEL SOMEBODY ELSE TO PROVIDE IT.
The ACLU has come full circle: From defending civil liberties, to pretending liberties explicitly guaranteed in the Bill of Rights don't exist, to inventing civil liberties that aren't in the Constitution. And finally, to attacking real civil liberties, (The right not to be compelled to labor!) in the name of it's invented liberties.
You ought to be ashamed!
A basic human right is the right to follow your conscience. Just because you are a healthcare worker does not mean you are not allowed to follow your conscience. I assure you, there are many, many healthcare workers that will take up the slack for those that have refuse to violate their conscience.
This is not a woman's issue, it is a human rights issue. A medical doctor has taken a vow to "do no harm" and it is not right for us to reguire anyone to do anything that violates their conscience. This is Freedom 101, people. FREEDOM TO ACT ACCORDING TO YOUR CONSCIENCE.
Gee, think about what would have happened if the ss followed their conscience and not the law during Hitler's reign?
I noticed that my comments were censored. So much for protection of freedom!
I've often wondered why an organization whose purpose is to uphold the rights of those without power, refuse to uphold the rights of the most powerless among us - the babies not yet born.
Health care workers who--for religious "reasons"--cannot follow the rule of law of our constitution--must find other work. The Vatican and the RNC may have openings in the dwindling arena of luddite zealotry. Give women full rights as human beings before your give her fetus a non-existent, autonomous right that logic does not support and our Constitution denies.
For you Olly North lovers and ACLU haters: on July 20, 1990, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU, North's convictions were vacated.
Go ahead, Google it.
Humorous. We're not forcing you to do anything, but if you don't do what I want then you either face criminal penalties, and/or the loss of your livelihood.
The amount of internal dishonesty that must be performed to convince oneself that this isn't a violation of personal liberty must be amazing.
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