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  •  Exactly right (none)
    The bill would be a much better case to gut Roe v. Wade if they had left the health exception in.
    •  Or if it wasn't just (none)
      batshit loony. Comments below show that even if you granted that life began somewhere while we were still unknown to mom, it isn't even factually correct concerming twins and other splittings. All the  court has to or really could do is throw it back at them and say, "Are you all stupid?"

      You didn't do it.

      by Earl on Fri Feb 10, 2006 at 10:54:56 AM PST

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      •  Zero Degrees of Separation (none)
        Zero Degrees of Separation:

        Monday's Washington Post informed us that at least 18 states are considering 36 bills that would "protect" and "shelter" pharmacists and other health care workers from providing care that conflicts with their personal religious beliefs.

        About half of the proposals would shield pharmacists who refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control and "morning-after" pills because they believe the drugs cause abortions. But many are far broader measures that would shelter a doctor, nurse, aide, technician or other employee who objects to any therapy. That might include in-vitro fertilization, physician-assisted suicide, embryonic stem cells and perhaps even providing treatment to gays and lesbians....

         ....The flurry of political activity is being welcomed by conservative groups that consider it crucial to prevent health workers from being coerced into participating in care they find morally repugnant -- protecting their "right of conscience" or "right of refusal."

            "This goes to the core of what it means to be an American," said David Stevens, executive director of the Christian Medical & Dental Associations. "Conscience is the most sacred of all property. Doctors, dentists, nurses and other health care workers should not be forced to violate their consciences."

            The swell of propositions is raising alarm among advocates for abortion rights, family planning, AIDS prevention, the right to die, gays and lesbians, and others who see the push as the latest manifestation of the growing political power of social conservatives.

        For the past few years so-called "conscience" bills have been a growing trend, introduced by religiously conservative politicians with the full support not only of the more socially acceptable faces of religious activism, but of more extreme factions such as Operation Rescue/Operation Save America that can be relied upon to take the crusade to the streets with a campaign of intimidation.

        •  Nothing wrong with (none)
          allowing physicians to not perform PAS, or IVF, or embryonic stem cells.  Discriminating in treatment, that's a totally different concept.  that has no place in medicine

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