Can’t Refuse to Kill, Can Refuse to Care

By Wesley J. Smith As I have been–and will be–warning with intensifying urgency, moves are afoot to destroy medical conscience clauses under which doctors, nurses, and others can refuse to participate in abortions and assisted suicide. This force-MDs-to-kill meme was summarized in a recent Reuters story: Physicians shouldn’t have the legal right to act as …

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Obama and Senate deny conscience rights

            The U.S. Senate voted today 51-48 to support the Obama Administration in forcing religiously affiliated organizations to cover contraception and sterilization in their health insurance plans, even in cases where the institution opposes it on moral or conscience grounds.  This reinforces that these organizations have no conscience clause protections …

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Scottish Judge Rules Catholic Midwives Have No Right to Conscientiously Object to Participation in Abortions

By Dave Andrusko In a February 29 ruling, a judge at Scotland’s Court of Session in Edinburgh held that two senior Catholic midwives had no right to conscientiously object to overseeing staff involved in late-term abortions in a state-run hospital. The judge, Lady Smith, held that Mary Doogan, 57, and Concepta Wood, 51, could not …

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Obama’s “Accounting Trick” Changes “None of the Moral Calculus”

By Dave Andrusko This post will be our last of the week (with many more to come next week) on President Obama’s “revised” mandate requiring religiously-affiliated universities, hospitals, and charities to pay for health insurance that covers sterilization and contraception. Although many would have you believe Obama has snookered the public, truth be told, the …

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