By Wesley J. Smith As the bioethics movement’s most prominent members write stridently in favor of stripping medical professionals of conscience rights in the world’s most respected medical journals, as the New York Times shrieks in horror at the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will emphasize enforcement of existing legal protections of conscience, and as …Continue reading "Big Victory for Medical Conscience in Norway"
By Wesley J. Smith Until recently, healthcare was not culturally controversial. Medicine was seen as primarily concerned with extending lives, curing diseases, healing injuries, palliating symptoms, birthing babies, and promoting wellness—and hence, as a sphere in which people of all political and social beliefs were generally able to get along. That consensus has been shattered. …Continue reading "The “medical Conscience” civil rights movement"
By Wesley J. Smith, J.D. As the bioethics movement’s most prominent members write stridently in favor of stripping medical professionals of conscience rights in the world’s most respected medical journals, as the New York Times shrieks in horror at the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will emphasize enforcement of existing legal protections of conscience, and …Continue reading "Big Victory for Medical Conscience in Norway"
By Rep. Diane Black (R-TENN.) and Sandra Rojas Editor’s Note. This first appeared in The Hill. “I solemnly swear to do no harm.” We took this oath more than 40 years ago when we became nurses. We chose this career—more accurately, this calling—because it was the ultimate realization of what was in our hearts. Our …Continue reading "Protecting nurses’ conscience: a non-negotiable in the final FY 2018 spending bill"
No medical professional should ever be coerced or bullied to participate in an abortion, or have his or her job threatened for not participating in an abortion. And when it does happen, these health care providers need legal protections and remedies like those found in the Conscience Protection Act (S. 301/ H.R. 644). Congress must …Continue reading "Take Action: Conscience Protection for Doctors and Nurses"
By Wesley J. Smith The question of “medical conscience,” that is, whether doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and the like can be forced to participate in medical procedures or provide services with which they have a religious or moral objection, is heating up. Now, New Hampshire is considering a bill that would provide protection for such dissenting …Continue reading "New Hampshire Medical-Conscience Bill"
By Jay Hobbs An Illinois nurse who was muscled out of her job because she wouldn’t participate in abortions is now one step closer to fighting her case before a jury of her peers. Sandra (Mendoza) Rojas had worked as a Winnebago County public health nurse for 18 years before a new supervisor forced her …Continue reading "Court Ruling a Hopeful Sign for Pro-Life Nurses, Docs in Illinois"
Prevents discrimination against those who won’t participate in assisted suicide By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through August 25. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially …Continue reading "Arizona Gov. signs Conscience Protection Bill"
Bill would override longstanding conscience rights provisions on abortion WASHINGTON – U.S. Senate Democrats yesterday sought to advance the so-called “Protect Women’s Health From Corporate Interference Act” (S. 2578), a sweeping bill that, if enacted, would further empower the Obama Administration to mandate coverage of the abortion pill RU-486, surgical abortion (including late abortions), …Continue reading "U.S. Senate Democrats Take Aim at Conscience Protections"
By Wesley J. Smith Tasmania’s ruling party seeks to force all doctors to be complicit in abortion by forcing objecting doctors to refer to abortion-friendly colleagues. More than that, the bill would essentially obliterate pro-life crisis pregnancy counseling by forcing anti abortion pregnancy councilors to refer women to counseling that supports abortion. (Victoria, Australia already …Continue reading "Aborting Medical Conscience in Tasmania"
WASHINGTON— The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor/HHS “took a first, urgently needed step toward upholding rights of conscience and religious freedom in our health care system,” by including two key provisions in its appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2013, according to the chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities for the U.S. Conference of Catholic …Continue reading "BISHOPS WELCOME INCLUSION OF CONSCIENCE PROVISIONS IN HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL"
By Kathy Ostrowski, Kansans for Life Legislative Director Pro-life physicians, pharmacists and their supporters gathered Wednesday with Gov. Brownback for the ceremonial signing of the new Healthcare Rights of Conscience law, a top priority for Kansans for Life. (Gov. Brownback will be the banquet speaker at the National Right to Life Convention June 30. See …Continue reading "Kansas Practitioners witness signing of Conscience Protection bill"