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>On Conscience: Philosophical, not Scientific or Medical Debate

>Some of you may have already seen this transcript from the September ’08 President’s Bioethics Council meeting. Three physicians gave testimony on September 12th, including Dr. Farr Curlin, Dr. Howard Brody, and (from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, although she says she’s not there as an ACOG representative) Dr. Anne Drapkin Lyerly. Council … Continue reading

Discussion on Abortion in Australia

A med student’s blog, “Degranulated” posts his thoughts about the presence of anti-abortion protesters outside and inside his medical school. It seems that the Australian medical community is in the midst of a debate like ours on conscience rights, with new laws that impose a duty to refer and /or perform abortions on physicians. Public … Continue reading

>Is conscience solely a religious matter?

>I’ve commented on the surprising accusation that protection of the consciences of physicians is anti-gay as well as anti-abortion by the pro-abortion faction. Now, the atheists are chiming in, claiming over and over that it’s just the Christians who might refuse to perform abortions and object to calling abortion standard reproductive care. “Pharyngula,” is the … Continue reading

>"Trained" (medical professionals) should shut up and perform

>”Trained” medical professionals should just shut up and perform, according to the President of the National Family planning and Reproductive Health Association. As mentioned in the last few posts, the right not to be forced to act against the conscience has been under attack by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. The Washington Post … Continue reading

Washington Post Addresses Our “Birth Control Fears”

As well as our fear of death and homophobia, in today’s article, “Birth Control fears addressed.” Health and Human Services Secretary Mike Leavitt has denied that a controversial draft regulation would redefine common birth control methods as abortion and protect the rights of doctors and other health-care workers who refuse to provide them. In a … Continue reading

>Forcing Pro-life Doctors Out of Baby Business?

>Two writers from the Heritage Foundation have published an editorial on the Fox News Site that discusses the risks of the new ethics statement of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). Daniel Patrick Moloney and Peter Reed appreciate that limiting obstetrics and gynecology only to those doctors who will do abortions or arrange … Continue reading

>Oklahoma abortion Bill survives Governor’s veto

>The Oklahoma State Legislature has overturned Governor Henry’s veto of an “omnibus” bill containing abortion regulations. (The veto is explained at the United Kingdom site of Medical News Today. Besides gives the best definition of human embryo that I’ve seen in legislation: “Human embryo” means a human organism that is derived by fertilization, parthenogenesis, cloning, … Continue reading

Gynecology and Obstetrics Policy makers respond to doctors on conscience

It appears that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and ABOG (the American Board of Obstetricians and Gynecologists may be about to abort their efforts to change laws concerning conscientious refusal in Washington. It remains to be seen whether they will deliver on their promise to support — without limits – the Conscientious Refusal … Continue reading

>Secretary of Health Supports Conscience

>Secretary of Health Michael O. Leavitt has stepped up to protect the right of conscience and conscientious refusal, specifically in the right not to be forced to commit or be complicit in abortion and other forms of killing. The Secretary has sent a letter to the President of the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology … Continue reading

>"Objectivity is Bias" (meaning, healing, integrity)

>Our recent conversation about conscience and medicine and the ongoing conversation about science and controversies is reflected in the NPR “Speaking of Faith” replay of an interview with, and publication of an essay by, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen. (The outline and much of the story is available in text, here.) “An answer is an invitation … Continue reading

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