On the day that Barack Obama became president, a rule quietly went into affect that basically gave all health care workers the right to refuse to give a patient information or care if it involved anything the provider had a moral objection against. If your pediatrician were anti-vaccine, he could refuse to vaccinate your child, or even tell you about vaccines. Want to fill your birth control prescription at your local drugstore but the pharmacist is Catholic? He wouldn’t have to fill your prescription.
President Obama is moving to reverse the rule, but I think that’s a mistake. I think it should go the other way. Things are headed in that direction anyway, so we’ll get there quicker with federal help. There are Muslim cabbies refusing to take fares who are carrying alcohol. Hell, if that’s OK, then why do some racist white cabbies in NYC have to pick up black fares? Does it work for bus drivers too? Can they refuse to let ugly people on the bus?
If it goes against a health-conscious waitress’ morals to serve french fries, her job should be protected. Same for the frugal bank teller who refuses to give money to the customer wearing Prada. Movie theater employees shouldn’t have to sell tickets for movies that offend them. And if your black child goes swimming at a public pool with a white supremacist for a lifeguard, you’d better hope your baby can swim, because that lifeguard won’t have to save anybody who offends his morals. He won’t even be required to yell for another lifeguard.
Oh Bush, you had so many good ideas. I’m sorry you couldn’t achieve all you wanted in eight short years. Damn term limits.
Originally posted on Selfish Mom