The freedom of conscience in health care is now under attack more than ever. Nurses, doctors, and pharmacists are speaking up. From Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, an operating room nurse:
On May 24, 2009, the hospital where I work coerced me to assist in a 22-week abortion. My duties as a nurse included being present for the bloody dismemberment and accounting for body parts afterwards.
The employer threatened to fire the nurse if she did not go along with all this, despite her deeply-held religious beliefs (her beliefs had been previously identified to the hospital administration).
The modern environment in health care, based on a radical view of patient autonomy, wants to remove conscience and professionalism from medicine. If these efforts succeed, people of faith will not become healthcare providers, and the compassionate practice of medicine will erode.
S. 50, the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act, is currently before congress. It would protect any healthcare professional (doctor, nurse, physician assistant, pharmacist) or clinical entity (hospital, clinic, medical practice) from retribution or negative consequences from exercising the right to abide by their personal conscience.
Be in prayer – support your lawmakers.