December 18, 2008

Cafeteria conservatism

It's dismaying but hardly surprising that supporters of the Bush Administration can find a health care worker's right of conscience perfectly legitimate while at the same time bitterly complaining that there's no such thing as a woman's right of privacy in making health decisions for herself.

Today Bush's Department of Health and Human Services issued a regulation which says health care workers can refuse to provide services which offend their personal, religious or moral beliefs.

Here's what Secretary Leavitt says prompted the rule change:

Leavitt said he requested the new regulation after becoming alarmed by reports that health-care workers were being pressured to perform duties they found repugnant. He cited moves by two professional organizations of obstetricians and gynecologists that, he said, might require doctors who object to abortion to refer patients to other physicians who would provide them.
If you're a health care worker and you don't like certain aspects of your job, you can quit, you know. In fact, if you find that your vocation requires you to do things you don't want to do, I'd suggest you're in the wrong vocation.

Hey! That's kinda like Republicans governing! They don't like doing it, so maybe they shouldn't try.

Let's hope that Senators Clinton and Murphy's Murray's legislation to reverse this passes when the new Congress convenes.

(Name correction via N in the comments)

Posted by Linkmeister at December 18, 2008 08:15 AM | TrackBack
Let's hope that Senators Clinton and Murphy's legislation to reverse this passes when the new Congress convenes.

[emphasis added]

That would be Murray. As in my senior Senator.

Posted by: N in Seattle at December 19, 2008 08:30 AM

Oh, now, that's embarrassing. I knew that; I just mistyped it.

Posted by: Linkmeister at December 19, 2008 10:05 AM

it makes you wonder if a surgeon is operating on a woman for say an exploratory procedure and finds that due to complications he/she must abort the child. What happens? Do they walk out of the room and the cleaning person finishes the job????

Posted by: toxiclabrat at December 19, 2008 02:33 PM

We just went though something similar in WAshington...can pharamacists decline to sell Plan B if it offends their sensibilities...and the courts, after mucking around with the language, opted to allow pharamacists/business owners the right to carry whatever products they choose to sell, carefully avoiding the decision involved in a morning after pill. Chickens.

Posted by: Karan at December 20, 2008 02:41 PM

Oh...and yay Patty Murray!!

Posted by: Karan at December 20, 2008 02:42 PM