Because they haven't fucked us over nearly enough over the last eight years, the Bush Administration is pushing through a right of conscience rule that would allow doctors, pharmacists, medical facilities and others to deny care, refuse to fill prescriptions for contraceptives or even provide information about abortions or contraception if doing so violates their faith.
Doctors and nurses have been able to refuse to perform abortions for years. And we've been hearing more and more over recent years about pharmacists refusing to fill prescriptions for The Pill or emergency contraception. However, the new rule goes much further -- it covers more types of people and could extend to things like artificial insemination.
This is fucking bullshit. It's also terrifying. The Obama administration could reverse it, but it could take months and that is too fucking long.
I actually had to switch doctors in Mankato because the doctor I was seeing refused to write prescriptions for birth control. I was pissed off in principal. I was pissed off because she was the second doctor I had there and everyone was fucking up my thyroid meds. So hey -- let's throw a third doctor into the mix and see if we can't completely fuck me over. Done and done! Why couldn't the people at the clinic give me a heads up when I started seeing that doctor. Is it that big of a deal to say -- "Hey, in case this might have an impact on your life, Dr. X won't prescribe The Pill."
At the end of the day, it wasn't a huge deal. I just made an appointment with another doctor for my annual exam so I could get my whore pills. What I really don't understand, though, is why would you get into a job (or a particular practice area if you're a doctor) that would put you in the position to do something you would find morally objectionable?
What if there wasn't another doctor in town who would prescribe contraception? What if the sole pharmacist in your community refuses to fill prescriptions for The Pill? With this new rule, it isn't that far out-of-bounds to think that maybe doctors could decline to treat AIDS patients or pharmacists could refuse to fill their prescriptions because, who are they as Good Christians to fuck with God's obvious punishment for engaging in homosexuality or drug use or making a fucking mistake?
God, I fucking hate people.