Obama Pushes to Rescind Conscience Rights For Pro-Life Doctors

Bioethics, Medical Economics
A national organization of Christian doctors is strongly concerned about the Obama administration’s effort to rescind conscience protections the Bush administration put in place for medical professionals. The regulations provide additional protections and support for those doctors and nurses who don’t want to be involved in abortions and may face pressure from medical institutions receiving federal funds. Here are the details from LifeNews.com: Documents the Obama administration filed in November and December have Obama administration attorneys admitting the administration wants to finalize a rescission of the conscience rules but has been delayed because of other business — likely due to the HHS working on implementing the provisions of the ObamaCare law. That greatly concerns Jonathan Imbody, the Vice President for Government Relations at the Christian Medical Association. “When the Obama administration…
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Obama Admin Working to Rescind Conscience Rights on Abortion

Bioethics, Medical Economics
The Obama administration is still working to overturn conscience rights for medical professionals on abortion that were put in place at the tail end of the Bush administration. Here are the chilling details in a report from LifeNews: In 2008, the Bush administration issued a rule that prohibited recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and health care aides who refuse to take part in medical procedures to which they have religious or moral objections, such as abortion. The rule implemented existing conscience protection laws that ensure medical professionals cannot be denied employment because they do not want to assist in abortions. New information about the state of those protections and efforts to repeal them comes from legal papers the administration filed in a case the state of…
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Top 10 Pro-Life News Stories of 2009

Bioethics, Health Headlines
President Barack Obama, abortion, the Supreme Court, and healthcare dominated pro-life news in 2009. As we look back on 2009, the first with a new pro-abortion president, it seems to me that the pro-life movement essentially is on the defensive. Thanks to a pro-abortion president and Congress, pro-life advocates spent most of their time this last year attempting to hold back the opening of the floodgates ushering in an expansion of abortion and taxpayer financing of it. With the health care debate continuing into the new year, those efforts will be forced to continue -- although the potential for pro-life gains in the 2010 elections provides significant hope for the future. So, with that in mind, the following are the top ten pro-life news stories of 2009, ranked according to…
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Christian Medical Association Labels House Healthcare Bill an “Overdose” That Threatens Patient-Physician Relationship

Bioethics, Medical Economics
The 16,000-member Christian Medical Association, the nation’s largest faith-based associaation of physicians, today said that the 2,000-page healthcare overhaul bill (HR 3962) introduced in the House of Representatives last week far exceeds the need for targeted reforms, instead injecting massive government intervention that threatens the patient-physician relationship. CMA CEO Dr. David Stevens, "This legislation is an overdose. With this massive legislation, we are getting much more than is actually needed to fix our healthcare system. What we need is a targeted reformation of areas needing reform, but this legislation is an attempt to totally transform our healthcare system into a government-run system that dictates what healthcare treatment each patient will receive. “The legislation introduced last week is coming to a vote way too fast. We have one chance to get…
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Concerns About the HR3200 Healthcare Reform Bill

Bioethics, Medical Economics
A fellow named Fred wrote this to me: "Don’t you have your own ideas, Doc? How would you propose to fix the system? Evidently it is by sitting on your butt and watching FoxNews, carefully copying and reposting their slanted stories, and pretending there is no problem. Who paid you to post all this negative information about attempts to reform our broken healthcare system?" Here's my response. More Information: (more…)
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Webcast Thursday to Educate Pro-Lifers About the Dangers of Obama’s Health Care

Bioethics, Marriage and Family Health, Medical Economics
There is a coalition of pro-life leaders who are alarmed that we pro-lifers unaware of what is at stake with some of the Health Care Plans being promotoed by President Obama, what they call "Obamacare." I thought you might like to know that they are planning a major webscast for tomorrow, July 23. I recommend you don’t miss it! More Information: (more…)
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New poll: Obama plan to scrap conscience rule panned by the public and a threat to patients

Bioethics, Children's Health, Marriage and Family Health, Medical Economics, Mental Health, Woman's Health
The Christian Medical Association (CMA), the nation's largest association of faith-based physicians, today warned that the Obama administration's plan to scrap a conscience-protecting healthcare regulation is very unpopular and threatens to cut off patient access to healthcare professionals and institutions nationwide, especially imperiling the poor and medically underserved populations. More Information: (more…)
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The mother of octuplets versus her doctor. Who should choose? Whom should society support?

Bioethics, Woman's Health
A recent editorial here in Colorado Springs reported: An unemployed, divorced woman with six children - living with her bankrupt parents in their teensy weensy home - gave birth to eight babies after having fertilized eggs implanted in her uterus. At least one of her older six children has autism. For a variety of reasons, people are scandalized. Most people have religious or moral objections to this multiple birth. It's hard to believe these children will get the care they need without becoming responsibilities of the state. It's hard to imagine they won't suffer.  Yet, as shocking as it sounds, there are many who say that her right to this travesty outweighs her doctor’s right to refuse to participate. Does this make any sense? More Information: (more…)
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A doctor’s right to choose versus the rights of a woman to choose

Bioethics, Children's Health, Woman's Health
An unemployed, divorced woman with six children - living with her bankrupt parents in their teensy weensy home - gave birth to eight babies after having fertilized eggs implanted in her uterus. At least one of her older six children has autism.  For a variety of reasons, people are scandalized. Most people have religious or moral objections to this multiple birth. It's hard to believe these children will get the care they need without becoming responsibilities of the state. It's hard to imagine they won't suffer. More Information: (more…)
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For Pro-Lifers, an Early Christmas Present from President Bush — regulations to protect the conscience rights of healthcare professionals

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Woman's Health
President Bush's days may be numbered, but not his pro-life influence. In a monumental decision that will be felt well into the next administration, the White House-with the cooperation of the Department of Health and Human Services-made good on its promise to protect the faith and conscience of health care workers. Today, the President fulfilled the longstanding request of pro-life healthcare professionals: to issue new rules that reinforce the rights of doctors, pharmacists, technicians, and even receptionists.  More Information: (more…)
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On Conscience, HHS Rules!

Bioethics, Health Headlines
The FRC is reporting, “He may technically be a "lame duck," but President Bush is going out with guns blazing. With just two months left in office, the administration dealt a crippling blow to online gambling and is prepared to do the same to the pro-abortion movement on conscience exemptions.” More Information: (more…)
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Christian Physicians Address President’s Council on Bioethics on Conscience Rights

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Medical Economics
Four Christian Medical Association members testified on September 12 before the President's Council on Bioethics on the issue of conscience rights in healthcare. These testimonies are, to me, very convincing and hopefully will help more and more of us support a healthcare professional's right to exercise his or her conscience when it comes to deeply-held religious or moral beliefs. Excerpts below: (more…)
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Top Public Health Official Urges Conscience Protections

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Medical Economics
Here is a thought-provoking Op-Ed by Admiral Joxel Garcia, MD, the assistant secretary for health with the Department of Health and Human Services, published in The Washington Times.  He begins, “There is no more sacred right than the right of conscience – the right to be guided by one's own cherished beliefs and morall convictions. In certain professional fields, like health care, questions of conscience are particularly likely to emerge. More of the editorial: (more…)
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Doctors’ body in Canada backs down on policy to rescind conscience rights

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Medical Economics
The National Post is reporting that the regulating body for Ontario physicians has backed off a controversial proposal that would have forced doctors to put aside their religious views when dealing with patients. Protests from the Ontario Medical Association and numerous religious groups appear to have tempered the thinking of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Hopefully the US will do the same. More Info: (more…)
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Why Your Doctor Needs The Fundamental Right to Refuse

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Medical Economics
  There’s an excellent opinion piece in the LA Times titled, "The Fundamental Right to Refuse." It’s by a ‘pro-choice atheist,’ who articulates that the present battle over conscience rights in healthcare is not only a fight for faith freedoms, but also a fight to preserve some of the most cherished unalienable rights on which western civilization and our republic was founded. My Take? (more…)
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Archbishop, Rabbi, Physician Group Condemn Efforts to Curb Ontario Physician Conscience Rights

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Medical Economics
LifeSiteNews.com reported that last Friday was marked the deadline for public comment on the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeon's draft policy that seeks to prohibit medical professionals from obeying their consciences. In light of this, several prominent parties have made concerted efforts to condemn the proposed policy that, if put into effect, will force medical professionals to "set aside their personal beliefs" and take part in grievous anti-life practices. My Take? (more…)
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Health Care Providers Told Their Faith is Irrelevant

Bioethics, Health Headlines, Marriage and Family Health
According to a report on CitizenLinke.org, the Supreme Court in California recently heard a case that pitted homosexual rights against religious freedom. At the center of the case was a lesbian who sued two doctors who declined to provide in vitro fertilization (IVF). The doctors were concerned about conducting IVF for someone who would be a single parent. Even though they referred the lesbian to another fertility doctor and offered to pay for any extra cost, the court is likely to rule against the freedom of the doctors to follow their consciences. My Take? (more…)
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