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 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 …Continue reading "Scottish pro-life midwives who lost court battle to refuse to be involved in abortions described as “heroes”"
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 …Continue reading "Hospital Tried to Force Nurses’ Help in Abortion"
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 …Continue reading "No Accident that Obama Created a Firestorm with his Mandate"
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 …Continue reading "Obama’s “Compromise”: A Further Review, Part One"
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 …Continue reading "Obama’s “Compromise”: A Further Review, Part Two"
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 …Continue reading "Obama’s “Compromise”: A Further Review, Part Three"
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 …Continue reading "Lawyer for Pro-Life New Jersey nurses challenges idea that accommodations have been made to meet their objections to participating in abortions"
By Wesley J. Smith Fifty years ago, the Hippocratic Oath’s proscriptions on medicalized killing were generally accepted within the medical professions and society generally. Today, practioners of what used to be called the “healing arts” sometimes take part in killing (ending life) in performing their professional services–as in assisted suicide, abortion, and if they ever …Continue reading "“Catch The [Dead Aborted] Baby’s Head” Order Illustrates Need For Conscience Law"
By Burke J. Balch, J.D. 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 have language adequately protecting against denial of lifesaving medical …Continue reading "Some “Conscience” Laws Authorize Involuntary Euthanasia"