Sunday, July 16, 2006

The need to separate health care providers

The Washington Post has published A Medical Crisis of Conscience, about health care providers exercising the right of conscience to refrain from doing things they find morally repugnant. And it's not just prolife professionals refusing to participate in abortion. Some professionals are refusing to provide life-sustaining support to terminally ill patients.

Clearly the time has come to have health care workers and facilities to divide into Hippocratic and Progressive. The Hippocratic practitioners, who refuse to participate in causing death, will be chosen by patients who want to avoid abortion and euthanasia. The Progressive practitioners, who support a patient's choice of death for herself or her fetus, will be chosen by patients with a quality-of-life ethic.

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