I’m not at all comfortable with this. Doctors and nurses who are morally against abortion should not have to worry about their job security, something President Bush understood well.
President Barack Obama wants to rescind a Bush administration rule that strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse for moral reasons to perform abortions.
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Federal law has long forbidden discrimination against health care professionals who refuse to perform abortions or provide referrals for them on religious or moral grounds. The Obama administration supports those laws, said the HHS official.
The Bush administration’s rule adds a requirement that institutions that get federal money certify their compliance with laws protecting the rights of moral objectors. It was intended to block the flow of federal funds to hospitals and other institutions that ignore those rights.
I don’t see the problem with denying federal funds to institutions that refuse to honor the rights of moral objectors. Of course, pro-abortion groups immediately conjure up Atwood-worthy imagery of women being refused birth control in a Christian theocracy that actually resembles an Islamic state under shari’a law. The details aren’t important, as long as that old hyperbolic fear is present.