In San Francisco, California’s highest court has barred doctors from invoking their religious beliefs as a reason to deny performing artificial insemination on lesbians.
Conscience Rights for Doctors under Attack
Judge Joyce Kennard wrote that Christian doctors who refuse this elective surgery have neither a free speech right nor a religious right to refuse to do something they consider morally evil. What ever happened to the right to follow one’s conscience? Judges such as Kennard are tyrants, and should be thrown off the bench.
Meanwhile, on Thursday the Bush administration proposed stronger job protection for doctors and other health care workers who refuse to participate in abortions because of religious or moral objections.
“Freedom of conscience is not to be surrendered upon issuance of a medical degree,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Michael Leavitt. “This nation was built on a foundation of free speech. The first principle of free speech is protected conscience,” he said.
Abortion leaders such as Cecile Richards of Planned Parenthood say they will challenge the new rule.
Abortionist Hodari Faces Charges
A recent issue of the Detroit News says the owner of a Lathrup, MI abortion mill, Dr. Alberto Hodari, is facing a twelve-count warrant for improperly disposing of medical records. Woman Care was investigated last spring based on evidence submitted by pro-lifer Monica Migliorino Miller.
Each of the twelve counts carries a 90 day jail sentence and a $100 fine. The warrant was issued on behalf of twelve patients whose records were found in the trash outside the facility. The law required total destruction of all such records, not tossing them in the garbage for anyone to find.
Steinberg Loves New Hallmark Cards Celebrating Gay Marriage
The Chicago Sun-Times’ Neil Steinberg—who is always wrong—is touting goofy Hallmark greeting cards to celebrate gay marriage. Steinberg calls Hallmark a “conservative Kansas City-based greeting card giant”.
One card, accompanying Steinberg’s column, features two tuxedos holding hands with a string of hearts for a border. Steinberg gloats that such imagery goes against the grain of the marriage-is-between-a-man-and-a-woman mantra. He says some people have difficulty with this but assures his readers that these people mistake their own limited experiences for some kind of general rule.
He pontificates that despite any claims to divine and eternal sanctions, ‘normal’ is really whatever society decides it is and it changes over time. Poor Neil, he has probably never heard of an eternal verity.
Some Steinberg sarcasm against religion appears right below the Hallmark card, asking why Christians pick on sins like sodomy and don’t much concern themselves with the sin of eating lobsters. Neil says it’s easier to cite the Bible than try to explain the evil the Bible condemns, and he suggests that biblical revelation doesn’t convince people like him who ‘aren’t used to lapping up whatever steaming stew of religious dogma is set before us.’ Too bad.
Obama in Trouble over BAIPA Record
Democratic Presidential Candidate Sen. Barack Obama is having big trouble with his pro-abortion position, and especially a position he took both in the Illinois Assembly and the U.S. Senate when he opposed the Born Alive Infant Protection Laws in both venues.
These laws require that care be given to babies born alive after a botched abortion. Records show that at one point the state and federal bills were nearly identical.
Pat Buchanan said Obama’s votes ‘let doctors and nurses allow these tiny human beings to die of neglect.’
Obama’s campaign responded that Illinois abortion law has long protected such infants, and that attacks on him are based on distortions and lies. ‘The suggestion that Obama, the proud father of two little girls’supported infanticide is deeply offensive and insulting,’ said Justin DeJong, an Obama spokesman.
Both pro-lifers and pro-aborts are following the story closely.