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Ben Cantrick
  Date: 2008-12-03 02:08
  Subject:   "I don't like X" is not a good basis for a system of government.
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The outgoing Bush administration is planning to announce a broad new "right of conscience" rule permitting medical facilities, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare workers to refuse to participate in any procedure they find morally objectionable, including abortion and possibly even artificial insemination and birth control.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-conscience2-2008dec02,0,7013690.story

I quite agree. Nobody should have to do things they consider morally objectionable. Particularly under government duress.

I, myself, find it morally abhorent to pay taxes that go to fund a war that has killed upwards of 30,000 people whose only crime was living in the wrong country at the wrong time.

Do you suppose Dubya will support my moral right to not pay the portion of my taxes that goes to pay for such a war?

No, you say? Futhermore, you say that those in power only support the "morals" of those with whom they agree?

Well, well... what a shocking revelation.
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Trevor Stone: inner maiden animated no words
  User: flwyd
  Date: 2008-12-03 16:24 (UTC)
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I wonder if this covers pharmacists who refuse to sell ADD meds because they think ADD is the natural state of children in a world with television.
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Trevor Stone: McCain Palin Abe Maude Simpsons
  User: flwyd
  Date: 2008-12-05 02:15 (UTC)
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Mostly I was wondering if it covered any ethical objection or just ethical positions regarding the status of fetuses.

There are plenty of controversial positions in medicine; why is abortion the only one that seems to come up in this situation?
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Trevor Stone: transparent ribbon for government accoun
  User: flwyd
  Date: 2008-12-05 06:15 (UTC)
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once the government starts telling you to ignore your own morals it gets dicey

Typically, the response to that sort of thing is to (a) try to reform the system and (b) resign in protest. Civil servants in, say, the education or agriculture departments may morally object to policies put into place by a new administration, but they either follow the policy directives or resign. Doctors (who have a relationship with the patients) are expected to apply their medical views and skills in their perceived interests of the patient. Pharmacists, who don't have a relationship with the patient and don't know what's in the patient's best medical interest, are expected to provide a service in the system driven by doctors and patients.

I suppose pharmacies are expected to be common carriers like the post office and phone company. Your mailman isn't allowed to not deliver your porn mags, your phone company can't prevent you from calling someone you're in an affair with, your pharmacist shouldn't be allowed to not sell you birth control. Support PharmNeutrality! Drugs are made in a series of tubes! :-)
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