By Dave Andrusko Read this headline and subhead, and ask yourself what the average reader’s first thoughts might be–“Trump Appointee Harnesses Civil-Rights Law to Protect Anti-Abortion Health Workers: Effort extends legal protections to those refusing to participate in procedures for religious reasons.” Well before we talk about what Stephanie Armour’s take is in her story …Continue reading "Hit job on new HHS division formed to protect rights of pro-life medical personnel"
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"
Editor’s note. The following comes from the British group, The Free Conscience Campaign. Baroness O’Loan’s Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill reached the Committee Stage in the House of Lords on March 23. You can watch the closing statements here. The Bill will clarify the law to ensure conscience protections are in place for medical practitioners …Continue reading "Bill to ensure conscience rights for medical practitioners reaches Committee Stage in House of Lords"
By Nancy Valko After I wrote last week’s blog “The New Federal Conscience and Religious Freedom Division,” I was surprised by this criticism: “arguing conscience can make doctors (and others) look whiney, as opposed to heroic” and give assisted suicide supporters “an easy platform to describe them as selfish and out of touch ideologues who …Continue reading "Legal Safeguards, Burdensome Obstacles and Conscience Rights"
By Xavier Symons Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post at BioEdge and is reposted with permission. The Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the HHS’s Office for Civil Rights will handle complaints related to participation in controversial medical practices such as abortion, euthanasia and assisted suicide. Federal officials said the division will allow HHS to …Continue reading "Trump administration moves to defend conscience rights"
By Dave Andrusko An op-ed that ran this week in USA Today was an example of ecumenism at its best. Appearing under the headline, “To be really pro-choice, you must protect each doctor’s choice to not perform abortions,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern …Continue reading "Cardinal Dolan, Dr. Moore decry second-class status of those whose conscience compels them not to be involved in abortion"
By Nancy Valko 2012 New York Times: “Instead of attempting to legalize physician-assisted suicide, we should focus our energies on what really matters: improving care for the dying — ensuring that all patients can openly talk with their physicians and families about their wishes and have access to high-quality palliative or hospice care before they …Continue reading "Another Threat to Conscience Rights for Medical Professionals"
Editor’s note. This update was provided by the Alliance Defending Freedom. WASHINGTON – Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed complaints Monday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on behalf of pregnancy care centers and pro-life doctors in Illinois and Hawaii who are being forced to advertise for the abortion industry. The federal Church …Continue reading "Illinois, Hawaii put federal funding in jeopardy by forcing pregnancy centers, doctors to promote abortion"
Court says medical staff can’t abide by their consciences, midwife considers appeal to European Court of Human Rights Editor’s note. This update is provided by Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and is reposted with permission. JÖNKÖPING, Sweden – The Swedish Appeals Court decided Wednesday that the government can force medical professionals to perform abortions, or else …Continue reading "Swedish appeals court fails to protect freedom for health professionals"
By Nancy Valko Years ago, some of my fellow nurses were talking about assisted suicide and two of them supported physician-assisted suicide. I asked if they were comfortable with participating in an assisted suicide. Both were shocked and said no. They believed the myth that doctors just write lethal prescriptions that patients then go home …Continue reading "Health Care Bullying Over Conscience Rights"
By Steve Weatherbe TORONTO, February 13, 2017 – A Calgary conscience rights group has joined Ontario Christian doctors in fighting a requirement that they refer patients for euthanasia and abortion — and perform both procedures in emergencies. The Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms (JCCF) was granted intervener status in a legal action launched by five …Continue reading "Canadian Legal group fights policy forcing pro-life doctors to refer for abortion, euthanasia"
By Jay Hobbs Pro-life advocates in Illinois are celebrating the first of what they hope to be many victories in the fight against a new state law that would force pro-life doctors, nurses and pregnancy centers to refer patients for abortions, following a preliminary injunction handed down late last Tuesday. The injunction, granted by Judge …Continue reading "Illinois Judge Halts State’s Free Speech Assault on Pro-Life Docs, Clinics"