Religious Freedom In Health Care

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Religious Freedom for Healthcare Workers? Religious freedom in America means that we all have a right to our religious beliefs, but this does not give us the right to use our religion to discriminate against and impose those beliefs on others who do not share them. Health care professionals may object morally to a particular treatment and refuse to provide said treatment. This practice is referred to as “conscientious objection.” Some examples of conscientious objection, say in pediatric practice, include refusals to prescribe contraception, specifically emergency contraception, perform routine circumcisions on newborn males, or administering vaccines developed with strains of certain viruses derived from aborted human fetuses. These objections …show more content…
Many of these institutions are even receiving taxpayer funding. In the 1960s, there were institutions who objected to laws requiring the integration of whites and colored folk in restaurants because of strongly held beliefs that God wanted the races to be separate. Religiously affiliated universities refuse to admit students who engaged in interracial dating. In those cases, requiring integration was not about violating religious liberty; it was about ensuring fairness and equality. Those goals are no different today. Through legal public support and education, the American Civil Liberties Union, works to defend religious liberty and to ensure that no one is either discriminated against, nor denied services because of someone else’s religious beliefs. (ACLU 2015) This is not an attack on Christianity or Catholicism or any other religion. It is simple fairness and dutiful obligations in the workplace. No employee should be allowed to discriminate against or harass their coworkers or customers simply because they can claim a religious reason for discriminating, and certainly no police officer, health care worker or counselor should ever be able to jeopardize another person 's health or safety by claiming a religious reason for refusing to do his or her job. But the Workplace Religious Freedom Act would do just that. It is so poorly written that it could harm civil rights …show more content…
Newspaper articles criticizing religious exemptions, are suggesting concerns of child abuse and neglect. Dr. Paul Offit explains how a measles outbreak in Pennsylvania killed nine unvaccinated children. Parents whose children suffer health consequences as a result of being unvaccinated often have a change of heart about vaccines and acknowledge that their decision not to vaccinate was dangerous. (Shot of Prevention 2014) It’s important to remember two key points. First, extensive research and data shows that the risks of not vaccinating far outweigh the risks of vaccinating. Second, unintentional harm from a vaccine is not meant to be an acceptable sacrifice for the greater good, it’s a highly undesirable outcome that the scientific community is still working hard to

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