You may have heard that the Obama administration is moving to repeal Bush regulations meant to protect the consciences of medical professionals. According to the Associated Press:
President Barack Obama plans to repeal a Bush administration rule that has become a flash point in the debate over a doctor’s right not to participate in abortions. The regulation, instituted in the last days of the Bush administration, strengthened job protections for doctors and nurses who refuse to provide a medical service because of moral qualms.
The opponents of the rule claimed that it was vague and overly broad. If that’s the case, they should be rewriting them, not repealing them. But some in the pro-death religious community are ecstatic that they finally have a White House that will push their agenda. The odious Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice offers this sample letter that its minions can send to applaud and support the move:
As a person of faith, I believe we must balance the needs of both healthcare providers who object to abortion and contraception and patients who need, want and have a legal right to these services. This sweeping regulation would deny many women access to reproductive health services and would limit their ability to make decisions according to their conscience and religious beliefs.
I appreciate that your administration has taken the initiative to restore respect for science, women’s healthcare, and differing views on abortion and contraception.
In order to understand this, you have to understand RCRC lingo:
•”Balance” means, “your conscience has no rights compared to my right to kill my children.”
•”Deny many women access to reproductive health services” means, “how dare you make them go to someone else to get what they need to kill their children!”
•”Limit their ability to make decisions” means, “how dare you suggest that anything other than killing their children might be the right choice for them!”
•”[R]espect for…differing views on abortion and contraception” means, “you can think anything you want as long as you keep it to yourself and do what I demand.”
•”[R]estore respect for science” means, I suppose, that abortion is the only scientifically acceptable way to deal with an unexpected pregnancy, or something like that.
Conscience? We don’t need no stinkin’ conscience!