Why Should Their Moral Rights Be Trampled?
The Bush administration is entirely right to permit healthcare providers to refuse tasks that they find objectionable:
The outgoing Bush administration is planning to announce a broad new “right of conscience” rule permitting medical facilities, doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare workers to refuse to participate in any procedure they find morally objectionable, including abortion and possibly even artificial insemination and birth control. …
Health and Human Services Department officials said the rule would apply to “any entity” that receives federal funds. It estimated 584,000 entities could be covered, including 4,800 hospitals, 234,000 doctor’s offices and 58,000 pharmacies.
If private organizations wish to require particular procedures to be done, that’s within their purview, but the government’s position should be in line with the rights and freedoms that it guarantees to its citizens.