God has apparently told members of Congress it is ok to wage war on women. Well, at least some Congressmen have decided this is the case.
Today, more than 20 organizations representing millions of Latinos sent a letter to President Obama urging him to support and maintain the recent Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) decision requiring health plans to cover preventive health care, including cancer screenings, immunizations, and birth control, with no co-pays.
HR 358, the bill which does anything but protect life, is on its way to a full vote in the House of Representatives where legislators can vote on whether a pregnant woman has more of a right to life than a provider has to his or her religious belief.
The Walgreens pharmacists who placed a woman’s life in potential danger by refusing to fill a prescription for methergin – a medication which stops uterine bleeding – and who also refused to refer a nurse practitioner to another pharmacy will walk away without discipine from the Idaho Board of Pharmacy.
Idaho begins to look at a conscience clause for physicians while one Irish pharmacist launches a book tour off of his dislike of contraception.
It’s been reported that the Burris Amendment applies a conscience rule to military health care, an incarnation that is extremely problematic and could be widely invoked in the most dangerous of settings.
What happens when a doctor’s conscience tells him the life of a non-viable fetus is more important than the life of the pregnant woman and what is the responsibility of the state?
So much noise over Stupak may have drowned out the anti-choice legislation that passed in multiple states already this week.
Conscience clauses are becoming an increasingly popular mode of anti-choice legislation. While a bill in Louisiana represents a compromise position, bills pending in other states are more restrictive.
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