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Dec. 19th, 2008 | 12:17 am

Must reads:
http://jezebel.com/5113580/right-to-conscience-not-to-choice
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/19/washington/19rule.html?_r=1&hp

"Right to Conscience" extends far beyond abortion. It gives any Wal-Mart pharmacist the right not to fill a birth control prescription you need so that you can maintain your hormonal levels, let alone avoid getting pregnant. It gives any homophobic Target cashier the right to refuse to ring up your HIV medications because s/he thinks HIV is god's punishment for being gay. Even a medical doctor could refuse you treatment for lung cancer because you used to smoke a pack a day and s/he feels you deserve your fate.

Anyone who is remotely involved in the healthcare process -- from the surgeon to the OBGYN assistant to the pharmacist to the bagboy at the store -- will be allowed to NOT DO HIS/HER JOB because they are morally opposed to the COMPLETELY LEGAL procedure and/or medication you might require, not just to avoid having a baby, but to simply live a healthy and happy life, as is your basic right as an American citizen. And it relieves them of any responsibility to report their moral opposition when they apply for the job. The regulations are broad, unspecific, and sweeping; what likely was conceived as a last-minute last laugh in lieu of overturning Roe v. Wade has turned out to be a dangerous scourge upon our collective rights. It's a vicious swipe at not only women, but anyone out there who requires healthcare as prescribed at any given time. It's a condemnation of a president's constituents, those who didn't vote for him and those who did. Disgusting, foul, and utterly UNCONSCIONABLE.

The Obama administration has already claimed they are looking into ways to reverse this as quickly as possible, but it won't be easy.

Sign Planned Parenthood's petition to the Obama administration: http://www.ppaction.org/campaign/hhsdec08_actionfund?qp_source=hhsdec08_afhp

And courtesy of Rachel Maddow, for all of you who care to complain vocally:
In case you lost the White House phone number, Rachel wants to remind you it's (202) 456-1414.

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