Saturday, 28 February 2009

A Time for New Martyrs?

Those of  us in the field of health care may come under additional pressure from this pro-abortion administration and congress.  According to the New York Times:

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved on Friday to undo a last-minute Bush administration rule granting broad protections to health workers who refuse to take part in abortions or provide other health care that goes against their consciences.

The Department of Health and Human Services served notice on Friday, through a message to the White House Office of Management and Budget, that it intends to rescind the regulation, which was originally announced on Dec. 19, 2008, and took effect on the day President Obama took office.

When the administration publishes official notice of its intent, probably next week, a 30-day period for public comment will begin, after which the regulation can be repealed or modified.

The rule prohibits recipients of federal money from discriminating against doctors, nurses and other health care workers who refuse to perform or assist in abortions or sterilization procedures because of their “religious beliefs or moral convictions.” Its supporters included the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Catholic Health Association, which represents Catholic hospitals.

In praising the Bush administration last fall, Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association, said that in recent years “we have seen a variety of efforts to force Catholic and other health care providers to perform or refer for abortions and sterilizations.”

But opponents of the regulation, including the American Medical Association, the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and Planned Parenthood, said it could have voided state laws requiring insurance plans to cover contraceptives and requiring hospitals to offer emergency contraception to rape victims. It could also allow drugstore employees to refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives, critics of the regulation have said.

Fascism comes slowly sometimes.  One step at a time.  And it must be resisted by decent people of all faiths.  Some may have to suffer a "green martyrdom" rather than to submit to this type of intimidation.  Catholic hospitals may need to close. 

The pro-abortion crowd is pleased.

“Dismantling this dangerous rule is a historic step toward preserving profoundly significant health care rights for women, and vital constitutional rights for all,” Mr. Blumenthal said.

Reaction to the move on Friday made it clear that the issue remains an emotional one. “We are encouraged by the Obama administration’s recent effort towards ensuring that patients have the ability to access necessary, widely used and accepted medical services,” said Mary Jane Gallagher, president and chief executive of the National Planning and Reproductive Health Association.

Fellow Catholics who voted for Obama you have your change, but with little hope for a better America.

1 comment:

dadwithnoisykids said...

I'll bite. I think there is a good model for how physicians, nurses, hospitals and other Catholic health-care entities must approach this issue: the NFP-only Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Simply announce that one will not perform any activities which are not consistent with that of a practicing Catholic. Remove oneself from any federal or state programs which require one to perform any of these activities. Care for those who come to you. I shall write more; the baby is calling me....