Big Victory for Medical Conscience in Norway

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 …

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The “medical Conscience” civil rights movement

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. …

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Big Victory for Medical Conscience in Norway

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 …

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Scottish pro-life midwives who lost court battle to refuse to be involved in abortions described as “heroes”

  By Dave Andrusko Last week NRL News Today posted a story explaining a hugely unfortunate decision in the case of two veteran Scottish midwives rendered by United Kingdom’s Supreme Court. It was an out-and-out defeat for freedom of conscience. Mary Doogan and Connie Wood appealed to the conscience protections found in the Abortion Act …

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Hospital Tried to Force Nurses’ Help in Abortion

By Wesley J. Smith I covered this story when it broke, but I was unaware of the details, so I think it is worth revisiting. Back in 2011, the University of Medicine and Dentistry in Newark, NJ tried to force day surgical nurses to participate in killing fetuses. The nurses sued, and eventually reached a …

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BISHOPS WELCOME INCLUSION OF CONSCIENCE PROVISIONS IN HOUSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL

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 …

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No Accident that Obama Created a Firestorm with his Mandate

By Dave Andrusko http://www.twitter.com/daveha It was probably foolish, but I thought I might get a fresh perspective on the debate over abortion if I were to read an opinion piece written for Canada’s largest paper, the Globe and Mail. No such luck. Sonia Verma pigeon-holed the tremendous response generated by PPFA’s all-guns-blasting attack on Komen …

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Obama’s “Compromise”: A Further Review, Part One

By Dave Andrusko “This regulation isn’t some kind of weird bug in the software of Obamacare. It’s not a clumsy overreach by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius or even by President Obama himself. The regulation isn’t a bug or an overreach at all. It’s a feature. It’s a feature that follows directly from …

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Obama’s “Compromise”: A Further Review, Part Two

By Dave Andrusko In “Obama’s ‘Compromise’: A Further Review, Part One,” I wrote about how the Obama Administration’s phony Friday “compromise” is basted in hypocrisy and marinated in politics. The President prevails only if opponents dial back their opposition because they are intimidated by being accused of playing “politics,” unlike the President who, we are …

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Obama’s “Compromise”: A Further Review, Part Three

By Dave Andrusko “Never before has the federal government forced individuals and organizations to go out into the marketplace and buy a product that violates their conscience.” — Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York As discussed in “Obama’s ‘Compromise’: A Further Review,” part one and two, it took about three hours (or fewer) for …

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Some “Conscience” Laws Authorize Involuntary Euthanasia

By Burke J. Balch, J.D., director of NRLC’s Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics Pro-life people are conditioned to think positively of “conscience” laws because we want to protect health care personnel from being forced to participate in abortion or to assist suicides. Indeed, laws that are narrowly drawn to cover such cases, or that …

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Lawyer for Pro-Life New Jersey nurses challenges idea that accommodations have been made to meet their objections to participating in abortions

By Dave Andrusko One thing you need to remember: when pro-life health personnel are discriminated against, you will first be told it ain’t so and then told it’s been remedied even though there was nothing wrong in the first place. I apologize for missing the latest twist in the story of the twelve pro-life New …

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