Whether one is pro-life or pro-choice, it is hard for me to see how any thinking person would not be pro-conscience. President Obama is requesting comments on the proposal to rescind provisions protecting health care professionals from discrimination if their conscience will not allow them to participate in procedures such as abortion, sterilization, or research they consider unethical.
Current regulations protect health care workers who choose to follow their conscience in these matters. The proposal to rescind these regulations would take them away. Those who favor abolishing the protections argue that services might not be available to patients, particularly in rural areas.
It seems to me that firing conscientious doctors and nurses would take a lot of good people out of the system. But this is democracy: Now until April 9 is the time to speak your mind.
Comments may be submitted electronically on the Web site http://www.Regulations.gov (by entering 0991-AB49 in the search box–or click here) or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Attachments may be in Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or Excel, but Microsoft Word is preferred.
By mail, one original and two copies of written comments may be sent to: Office of Public Health and Science, Department of Health and Human Services, Attention: Rescission Proposal Comments, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave. SW, Room 716G, Washington, DC 20201.