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Medical 'Conscience Rule' Is Issued.

The Bush administration, as expected, announced new protections on Thursday for health care providers who oppose abortion and other medical procedures on religious or moral grounds.

“Doctors and other health care providers should not be forced to choose between good professional standing and violating their conscience,†Michael O. Leavitt, the secretary of Health and Human Services, said in a statement on his department’s Web site.

The rule prohibits recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and health care aides who refuse to take part in procedures because of their convictions, and it bars hospitals, clinics, doctors’ office and pharmacies from forcing their employees to assist in programs and activities financed by the department.


Is this just Bush's final "fuck you" to everyone with a uterus everywhere and his record low approval rating?

Here's an idea: if you have a moral problem with birth control and a woman's right to choose, how about NOT working at Planned Parenthood. Or even picking a medical specialty other than OBGYN? If you feel that it's your life's duty to poke around inside vaginas all day, why not try private practice?

It was their choice to work in medicine and so it is their obligation as a doctor or pharmacist to do their job, otherwise they should find another profession. Remember the Hippocratic Oath? I don't care what your "conscience" thinks I should do with my body, just give me my birth control.