September 16, 2004

FIRST, DO NO HARM:

Doctors opposed to abortion get boost: Efforts intensify to support doctors and pharmacists who are opposed to abortion and emergency contraception. (DAVID CRARY, 9/16/04, Associated Press)

In Congress and states nationwide, anti-abortion activists are broadening efforts to support hospitals, doctors and pharmacists who want to opt out of services linked to abortion and emergency contraception.

A little-noticed provision cleared the House of Representatives last week that would prohibit local, state or federal authorities from requiring any institution or healthcare professional to provide abortions, pay for them, or make abortion-related referrals, even in cases of rape or medical emergency.

In Mississippi, a bill became law in July that admirers and critics consider the nation's most sweeping ''conscience clause.'' It allows healthcare workers and facilities to refuse performing any service they object to on moral or religious grounds.

And in states across the country, anti-abortion organizations and a group called Pharmacists for Life are encouraging pharmacists to refuse to distribute emergency contraceptives, which they consider a potential form of abortion.

''We've seen increasing organization and networking to get more pharmacists to refuse to provide EC -- not just in the Bible Belt but all over,'' said Gloria Feldt, president of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. ``It's part of the anti-choice arrogance in which they believe they have the right to impose their ideology on everyone else.''

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 16, 2004 9:34 AM
Comments

"It's part of the anti-choice arrogance in which they believe they have the right to impose their ideology on everyone else."

Pot. Kettle. Black.

Posted by: Mike Morley at September 16, 2004 10:56 AM

The ideology that says "it's wrong to kill innocent people, especially babies". The horror!! Trying to impose that anti-human (oops!)ideology on us.

Posted by: ray at September 16, 2004 8:45 PM
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