Healthcare Conscience Protection

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Talk of the Nation hosted a discussion yesterday on the problem of healthcare workers refusing to provide procedures or drugs that violate on moral grounds.

The good guy in the debate, Dr. David Stevens, generally holds his position well against a double-team opposition. His arguments are worth listening to.

One point on which I disagree with him, however, is that I think hospitals and pharmacies have the right to hire people who will carry out the full range of services they wish to provide, just like a Catholic hospital has the right to hire only those who would follow Catholic moral guidelines in delivering health care. When this question came up, he got defensive and took and tried to make it an issue of "choice." Aside from that point, he did a fine job.

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