I’ve been trying to stay away from political blogging because – honestly? – I was battered and bruised by some of the “conversations” that were had in various places (here, included) and I learned – the hard way – that most people just aren’t all that interested in trying to come to an understanding with someone whose views and ideas might be different from theirs. Still, I’m wading back in to call out Fox News (whom my husband refers to as “Faux News”) on some shameful behavior.
recipients of certain federal funds from coercing individuals in the health care field into participating in actions they find religiously or morally
objectionable. These same provisions also prohibit discrimination on
the basis of one’s objection to, participation in, or refusal to
participate in, specific medical procedures, including abortion or
My problem with this reporting is that it insinuates – and not very delicately, either – that the repeal of this regulation would force doctors to choose between performing abortions and going to jail (I can’t embed the video – go here to see it).
NOWHERE in the provision does it state that doctors could go to jail for refusing to perform a service (how do I know that? I READ it, and so can you). Obama can’t reverse the anti-discrimination laws already in place to protect health care workers who refuse to participate in services they find morally objectionable. The current administration is seeking to repeal the regulation because its broad language goes beyond the protections afforded under the anti-discrimination law to the extent that it’s foreseeable that health care providers could use the regulation to deny their patients health care services – the regulation could even be interpreted to extend “protections” to the cashier at a pharmacy who refuses to sell someone a box of condoms.
As a dear friend of mine recently opined, the truth is in mighty short supply. Part of my response was that it is the individual’s responsibility to inform him- or herself and to think critically. Part of how I do that is to NOT watch Fox News. Sadly, though, I think that the network has the ears of too many people, and that too many of them are willing to be scared into near-hysterics at the thought of letting other people make decisions about their own bodies. Like I told another friend of mine, the frightened and defensive folks seem to be coming out of the woodwork lately.