• invalid-0

    Megan, you’re conflating two different issues.

    If a member of the clergy refuses to sign your state-issued marriage license, it does not interfere with your civil right to be married—because that is a matter of state and law. The refusal of the clergy only affects the religious status of the marriage, and that is not a right that you are (or should be) guaranteed in any way. If I am a spouse in a same-sex marriage, the Catholic Church sure as heck isn’t going to sign my license, and that’s perfectly fine and good.

    A pharmacist refusing you medication, however, is infringing your rights at the civil level. How is that any different from restaurant owners in the Jim Crow era refusing service to Blacks? If said owners had thought to justify their racial discrimination with a religious belief, would that have made it okay? I think not!

    People should be free to follow their conscience, but this freedom can be abused to the point that it infringes upon the freedom of others (much like the right to free speech can be abused via libel). It is a broad right, but not an absolute one. And given where these refusenik pharmacists are coming from, I have absolutely no sympathy for their position, and no patience for the supposed breach of their consciences. If giving a person a medication for which they have a legitimate prescription is such a violation of their personal moral code, then I conclude that they should never have entered such a “morally fraught” profession in the first place.

    • harry834

      on the reasons pharmacists and doctors give as to why they refuse to provide medical care. Not just repro, but others like HIV drugs, gender-ressignment, etc. And that same CNN story needs to examine these reasons given and weigh them next to medical facts. AND that same CNN story needs to show how the refusal = barrier. The fact is if your doctor can say no for "personal reasons" than we ought to have this CNN story examining these reasons and weighing them next to medical facts and realities.

      Call it, "conscience and consequences: the story of doctors who refuse to treat"

       

      Gupta, or someone else can host. 

       

    • crowepps

      How is that any different from restaurant owners in the Jim Crow era refusing service to Blacks? If said owners had thought to justify their racial discrimination with a religious belief, would that have made it okay? I think not!

      Actually, both slavery and Jim Crow segregation laws were justified Biblically.  Disagreement about the Biblical justification for slavery actually caused schism in many American churches, leading to the formation of "Southern Baptists" and "Northern Baptists", "Southern Methodists" and "Northern Methodists", and "Southern Presbyterians" and "Northern Prebyterians" as distinct groups.

       

      A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. So reads Noah’s curse on his son Ham, and all his descendants, in Genesis 9:25. Over centuries of interpretation, Ham came to be identified as the ancestor of black Africans, and Noah’s curse to be seen as biblical justification for American slavery and segregation. Examining the history of the American interpretation of Noah’s curse, this book begins with an overview of the prior history of the reception of this scripture and then turns to the distinctive and creative ways in which the curse was appropriated by American pro-slavery and pro-segregation interpreters.

      http://www.amazon.com/Noahs-Curse-Biblical-Justification-American/dp/0195142799

       

      Jim Crow laws were justified with a number of different verses about how Jews shouldn’t marry "foreigners", even the one about not mixing different fibers in clothing.

      "By the 1880s most southern white evangelicals had combined the overthrow of Reconstruction with a sense of spiritual triumphalism and thereby determined that God’s plan for the South was a segregated, unequal society."

      http://jsr.fsu.edu/Volume8/Whitley.htm

       

  • harry834

    "Conscience and Consequences: Why doctors refuse to treat patients"

  • independentminded

    has no business being a pharmacist in the first place. Shame on those “refusenik” pharmacists who refuse to dispense emergency contraception!

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