Parts of note:
The Bush administration proposed on Thursday a much controversial regulation that would protect health professionals who object to abortion from being constrained to provide such services, which could violate their religious and moral beliefs.
A “much controversial regulation”? WTF? No wonder our kids ain’t learned good.
“People should not be forced to say or do things they believe are morally wrong,” Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt explained. “Health-care workers should not be forced to provide services that violate their own conscience,” he added.
And if health care workers are protected, so should all citizens. None of us should have to do things we believe are morally wrong. Like go to war. Like fund a war with my tax dollars. Like give tax breaks and off shore drilling contracts to big corporations who are making so much f-ing money their nuts are sore. Let’s go, Mikey. I have a huge list of shit we should go over. How about every citizen gets to earmark the portions of the budget we would like our tax dollars to support? We’ll see how many bake sales the Army will be putting on next year.
The regulation, which would be implemented after a 30-day comment period, is considered by conservative groups, anti-abortion advocate groups and others essential so as to protect health workers from being fired or penalized in any way. On the other hand, opponent activists said the regulation could generate far-reaching difficulties regarding numerous health services.
No penalties? OK, let’s see. You get a job as a doctor, but if you decide not to do your job, we can’t fire you, transfer you, or make fun of you. Sorry, Dr. McDopey. If you picked a career as a doctor and CHOSE a course that would put you in the position of performing an abortion, and now decide that you won’t do it, you’re fired. Get the F out. Today. It’s not like, “Oh, I had heart surgery scheduled and suddenly I am asked to sit in with Ravi Shankar on an abortion procedure.” Nor is it “Gosh, when I took the job as a nurse at Planned Parenthood, I didn’t know what they do there on occasion.” Pick up your shit and get out. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Get a job at the Faith Healers Consortium where you can ride your high horse to happy rapture-day and let real health professionals do what they knew they were being trained to do. If I don’t do my job on moral grounds, I get a swift kick in the ass and a hearty good-bye. So should you. Oh, and if you don’t want to talk to your PATIENT about their options, you can just ignore THEIR needs and only tell them what YOU want? If we can’t trust that our doctor is acting in the very least as an impartial advisor, why even go? What if a vegan doctor is morally opposed to a certain life saving medication because it is made from animals? What if a tree hugger doctor spends all her free time volunteering to save the rainforest and won’t even suggest a medication that originates from a plant that grows there?
You took the job, you make the money, you take what comes with it. If you don’t like it, get a NEW JOB. People do it all the time. Don’t pretend to be a health care professional. We have enough problems with health care already. We shouldn’t have to worry if the doctor we are talking to has reservations about when to do his job.
So this writer puts it much more politely.
Perhaps protecting certain beliefs is not something that should be addressed at work at all. When we go to work, we effectively “sell” our skills—for money–to our employer. Part of this transaction is that we obey the policies and procedures of that workplace regardless of how we feel about them. If we don’t like it, we can seek employment elsewhere.
Laura Bristow – Baltimore Workplace Examiner