Saturday, February 28, 2009

White House set to reverse health care conscience clause

In establishing this blog, I decided that the content would be primarily my thoughts on Catholic life, my philosophy of what is wrong with society, discussions of spirituality, prayer, lives of the saints, etc. I have avoided swerving too far into becoming a political blog. When I have done so I have heard from some people how I am wrong about the current occupant of the White House. There are some Catholics who suggested to me that under this administration abortions might decrease. All I can say is "what are you smoking"? When I see this kind of stuff I am led to one conclusion. The current prez is an evil person. If you as a Christian are not permitted to act as your conscience deems you to act, then there is one and only one conclusion the man is evil period.

4 comments:

Joey said...

Doctors and health care can always use their conscious and recommend what they think best, but the job of those in medical field is not to make the decisions for the patient, it is give the patient all the options and hope they do the right thing. And if we allow this issue to have stood, what's next, racist lifegaurd who objects to african americans isn't to blame for not trying to save a young child because he is morally opposed to them, or a frugal bank teller refusing to allow someone from taking out their cash because they are wearing a Prada bag or a Fur coat? People need to get off their high horse and realize there are people other than themselves and while you might not agree with them, they have the freedom to choose what they want, and if your job is to provide a service to them, then perform your job or take another job. The best way to eliminate abortions in this nation (as has been shown all over europe with far fewer abortions) is comprehensive sex education, easy access to contraception, and realistic, truthful discussion on the issue not guided by ideological dogma but instead guided by science and facts.

Paul Bernacchio said...

Let's' take each part of your arguments and discuss them one at a time. "Doctors and health care can always use their conscious and recommend what they think best, but the job of those in medical field is not to make the decisions for the patient, it is give the patient all the options and hope they do the right thing." In my faith, the decision to aid someone in an abortion is immoral.We do not make any decisions for the patient, we just don't want to participate in their decision when it is immoral. There is a clear cut understanding that for some people abortion is an evil. I don't think you would find many people who would agree with the racist lifeguard and of course we would believe that action, as you would, to be morally reprehensible. The bank teller is not a moral issue but a customer service issue and one could easily go to another bank. Why is it that if we have a moral belief and choose to act on it we are on some high horse? Why are you intolerant to our belief? We can all debate what is the best means to reduce abortions, all we are saying is that we don't want to participate when someone chooses what we consider an immoral decision. Thanks for your thoughtful discussion. I appreciate that you care.

David said...

The problem with Paul's arguement, is that this conscience clause isn't just about performing abortions. If this clause were to remain, then a patient who asks a doctor about birth controll can be LIED to, not given all the options. The patient, especially an uneducated one who trusts her doctor may make decisions based on partial information just because someone doesn't agree with birth control>

Paul Bernacchio said...

David,
Thanks for your point of view. But couldn't a provider do that anyway, regardless of the law? This clause has been in effect for some time now and I haven't heard of complaints to that effect.