January 18, 2009

When Sin Trumps Conscience

Justin Katz

Rhode Island is one of seven states that would prefer that citizens with moral reservations about procreation-related procedures and drugs have fewer rights:

Seven states sued the federal government Thursday over a new rule that expands protections for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions and other medical procedures because of religious or moral objections.

Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal filed the lawsuit in federal court in Hartford on behalf of the states.

They claim the federal rule, issued by the Bush administration last month and set to take effect Tuesday, would trump state laws protecting women's access to birth control, reproductive health services and emergency contraception.

Blumenthal said the regulations "are flawed and defective" and would "unconstitutionally and unconscionably interfere with women's health care rights."

Note that the rule does not ban any procedures. It merely gives the individual provider the right to choose what he or she provides.

The end of rights and freedom will come proclaiming the sanctity of both.

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Golly, won't all the "pro-choice" folks will rush to the assistance of those doctors and nurses who have a moral aversion to abortion?

Oh, I'm sure they all will . . . because after all, it's not abortion that they favor . . . it's the right of the individual to follow the dictates of his or her conscience without government interference . . . right?

Posted by: brassband at January 18, 2009 2:40 PM

Excellent point, Brassband.

But don't hold your breath waiting for the pro-choice crowd, or the ACLU, or any of the "human rights" groups, to get involved on the side of individual conscience.

After all, some matters of individual conscience are more equal than others.

Posted by: Tom W at January 18, 2009 7:27 PM
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