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The Medical Conscience Clause: Guard it with your life.
The American Thinker ^ | April 08, 2009 | Kyle-Anne Shiver

Posted on 04/08/2009 3:55:07 AM PDT by Scanian

I will neither give a deadly drug to anybody who asked for it, nor will I make a suggestion to this effect. Similarly I will not give to a woman an abortive remedy. In purity and holiness I will guard my life and my art. - From the original Hippocratic Oath used in America until the late 20th Century

Is there anything more fundamental than the right to refuse to kill for the state? As Americans, we have given steadfast honor to this bedrock individual liberty throughout our history.

Even in times of all-out war, when millions and millions of American citizens have been conscripted into military service, there was always respect for an individual's religious/moral beliefs in the realm of killing other human beings. Conscientious objection has been the law of the Land. Men could be drafted into the military, but we did not force them to fight or kill if this would violate their individually held beliefs.

Yet, President Obama has stated his intention to revoke the special conscience clause for medical personnel, which President Bush enacted in December 2008. The clause was necessary to further codify conscience objections to abortion, due to mounting discrimination against pro-life medical personnel. It was immediately challenged by many groups lobbying for even more strident intolerance of pro-life beliefs within the medical professions.

But who, readers may wonder, would actively discriminate against someone who refuses to kill a baby in the womb because of moral and/or religious objections?

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: abortion; bho44; bhoabortion; conscience; conscienceclause; discrimination; medicalpersonnel

1 posted on 04/08/2009 3:55:08 AM PDT by Scanian
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To: Scanian

Kudos to the FReeper (sorry I cannot remember your name) who questioned that since a conscientious objector may refuse to kill the enemy in war, that medical workers may refuse to kill an unborn infant in peacetime.


2 posted on 04/08/2009 4:03:15 AM PDT by Judith Anne
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To: Scanian

I hope he tries this, I really do.

Because I will sit back and enjoy the fallout when the Catholic Church summarily closes each and every hospital under it’s wing. A very high percentage of these hospitals operate in areas where no other hospital dares to tread. (Think of St. Lukes/St. Vincent Charity in Cleveland, for example). I’d love to watch Obama stumble and bumble his way through explaining why there are no longer ANY hospitals serving America’s inner cities.

This guy is a popcorn-snacking, coca-cola in hand, remote control at the ready, kind of guy. Just sit back with the luxuries of life, and watch him work. LOL


3 posted on 04/08/2009 4:26:45 AM PDT by Daisyjane69
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To: Daisyjane69

He won’t, he’ll just fire bitter broadsides at the Catholics (and Southern Baptists and Missouri Lutherans etc.) for folding up and leaving. Any peep as to why, will never see a MSM TV screen.


4 posted on 04/08/2009 4:32:48 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Beat a better path, and the world will build a mousetrap at your door.)
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