April 22, 2009

Time to Rescind DHHS "Conscience" Regulations

Hospital room (Denmark, 2005)Image via Wikipedia

When my religious beliefs begin to interfere with my ability to perform the job I was hired to perform, I should be reassigned (if possible) or fired. I join Americans United for Separation of Church and State in calling on the Department of Health and Human Services to rescind regulations enacted under the Bush administration to grant health care workers the right to refuse to perform job functions which they claim violate their religious beliefs. Patient rights are more important than catering to absurd superstitions.
"This regulation was a parting gift from President Bush to the Religious Right, and it ought to be returned to sender,” said the Rev. Barry W. Lynn, executive director of Americans United. “The last thing this country needs is more Religious Right meddling in our health care.”
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