White House set to reverse health care conscience clause

WASHINGTON (CNN) — The Obama administration plans to reverse a regulation from late in the Bush administration allowing health-care workers to refuse to provide services based on moral objections, an official said Friday.

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“And also for the innocentStrongs 5355: naqiy, naw-kee´; or naqiyi (Joel 4 : 19; Jonah 1 : 14), naw-kee´; from 5352; innocent:—blameless, clean, clear, exempted, free, guiltless, innocent, quit.
Strongs 5352: naqah, naw-kaw´; a primitive root; to be (or make) clean (literally or figuratively); by implication (in an adverse sense) to be bare, i.e. extirpated:—acquit x at all, x altogether, be blameless, cleanse, (be) clear(-ing), cut off, be desolate, be free, be (hold) guiltless, be (hold) innocent, x by no means, be quit, be (leave) unpunished, x utterly, x wholly.
blood that he shed; which the LORD would not pardonStrongs 5545: saw-lakh´; a primitive root; to forgive:—forgive, pardon, spare..”
—2Ki 24:4

The Provider Refusal Rule was proposed by the Bush White House in August and enacted on January 20, the day President Barack Obama took office.

It expanded on a 30-year-old law establishing a “conscience clause” for “health-care professionals who don’t want to perform abortions.”

Under the rule, workers in health-care settings — from doctors to janitors — can refuse to provide services, information or advice to patients on subjects such as contraception, family planning, blood transfusions and even vaccine counseling if they are morally against it.

“We recognize and understand that some providers have objections to providing abortions, according to an official at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The official declined to be identified because the policy change had not been announced. “We want to ensure that current law protects them.

“But we do not want to impose new limitations on services that would allow providers to refuse to provide to women and their families services like family planning and contraception that would actually help prevent the need for an abortion in the first place.”

Many health-care organizations, including the American Medical Association, believe health-care providers have an obligation to their patients to advise them of the options despite their own beliefs. Critics of the current rule argue there are already laws on the books protecting health-care professionals when it comes to refusing care for personal reasons.

Dr. Suzanne T. Poppema, board chair of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health, praised Obama “for placing good health care above ideological demands.”

“Physicians across the country were outraged when the Bush administration, in its final days, limited women’s access to reproductive health care,” she said. “Hundreds of doctors protested these midnight regulations and urged President Obama to repeal them quickly. We are thrilled that President Obama took the first steps today to ensure that our patients’ health is once again protected.”

But Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council, said, “Protecting the right of all health-care providers to make professional judgments based on moral convictions and ethical standards is foundational to federal law and is necessary to ensure that access to health care is not diminished, which will occur if health-care workers are forced out of their jobs because of their ethical stances.

“President’s Obama’s intention to change the language of these protections would result in the government becoming the conscience and not the individual. It is a person’s right to exercise their moral judgment, not the government’s to decide it for them.”

An announcement reversing the current rule is expected early next week, the HHS official said. Any final action would have to be taken after a 30-day public comment period.

  1. Remnant, 30 March, 2009

    “President’s Obama’s intention to change the language of these protections would result in the government becoming the conscience and not the individual. It is a person’s right to exercise their moral judgment, not the government’s to decide it for them.”

    Physicians you took an oath, stand by it with honor. If it becomes necessary turn in your license and resign from the state board and move on. Do not let the Government force you into compromise.

    The Hippocratic Oath
    (Modern Version)

    [Comments in brackets are mine]

    I SWEAR in the presence of the Almighty and before my family, my teachers and my peers that according to my ability and judgment I will keep this Oath and Stipulation.

    TO RECKON all who have taught me this art equally dear to me as my parents and in the same spirit and dedication to impart a knowledge of the art of medicine to others. I will continue with diligence to keep abreast of advances in medicine. I will treat without exception all who seek my ministrations, so long as the treatment of others is not compromised thereby, [This includes compromising the life of the unborn I.E. Abortion or the shedding innocent Blood Deut. 21:9 So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD. Three of the six things G_D hates Prov. 6:17 A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, Is. 59:7 Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. Joel 3:19 Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.]and I will seek the counsel of particularly skilled physicians where indicated for the benefit of my patient.

    I WILL FOLLOW that method of treatment which according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patient and abstain from whatever is harmful or mischievous. I will neither prescribe nor administer a lethal dose of medicine to any patient even if asked nor counsel any such thing nor perform the utmost respect for every human life from fertilization to natural death and reject abortion that deliberately takes a unique human life.

    WITH PURITY, HOLINESS AND BENEFICENCE I will pass my life and practice my art. Except for the prudent correction of an imminent danger, I will neither treat any patient nor carry out any research on any human being without the valid informed consent of the subject or the appropriate legal protector thereof [Embryos cannot give consent], understanding that research must have as its purpose the furtherance of the health of that individual. Into whatever patient setting I enter, I will go for the benefit of the sick and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief or corruption and further from the seduction of any patient.

    WHATEVER IN CONNECTION with my professional practice or not in connection with it I may see or hear in the lives of my patients which ought not be spoken abroad, I will not divulge, reckoning that all such should be kept secret. [Your records are private and not Government property, this includes Government Data bases]

    WHILE I CONTINUE to keep this Oath unviolated may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art and science of medicine with the blessing of the Almighty and respected by my peers and society, but should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse by my lot.

  2. Remnant, 30 March, 2009

    It just dawned on me that some might accuse me of altering the wording from the modern in the previous post. Below is the Original version. The modern was introduced to update the language not the intent of it’s content.

    The Hippocratic Oath
    (Original Version)

    I SWEAR by Apollo the physician, AEsculapius, and Health, and All-heal, and all the gods and goddesses, that, according to my ability and judgement, I will keep this Oath and this stipulation.

    TO RECHON him who taught me this Art equally dear to me as my parents, to share my substance with him, and relieve his necessities if required; to look up his offspring in the same footing as my own brothers, and to teach them this art, if they shall wish to learn it, without fee or stipulation; and that by precept, lecture, and every other mode of instruction, I will impart a knowledge of the Art to my own sons, and those of my teachers, and to disciples bound by a stipulation and oath according the law of medicine, but to none others.

    I WILL FOLLOW that system of regimen which, according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patients, and abstain from whatever is deleterious and mischievous. I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give a woman a pessary to produce abortion.

    WITH PURITY AND WITH HOLINESS I will pass my life and practice my Art. I will not cut persons laboring under the stone, but will leave this to be done by men who are practitioners of this work. Into whatever houses I enter, I will go into them for the benefit of the sick, and will abstain from every voluntary act of mischief and corruption; and, further from the seduction of females or males, of freemen and slaves.

    WHATEVER, IN CONNECTION with my professional practice or not, in connection with it, I see or hear, in the life of men, which ought not to be spoken of abroad, I will not divulge, as reckoning that all such should be kept secret.

    WHILE I CONTINUE to keep this Oath unviolated, may it be granted to me to enjoy life and the practice of the art, respected by all men, in all times! But should I trespass and violate this Oath, may the reverse be my lot!

  3. Shannon, 31 March, 2009

    We christians are seriously in trouble because the man we call president is against what the bible says. I can not understand why in the world we let this man use our tax payer dollars to pay for abortions. May God help us because we need it.

  4. Billy, 31 March, 2009

    Greetings ~ while reading the article and comments the following holy scriptures came to mind (see below). May the Father of lights comfort and strengthen us in these trying times with the Holy Spirit. May Jesus Christ, the King of glory, be greatly exalted!

    “These are the things that ye shall do; Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbor; execute the judgment of truth and peace in your gates: and let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; and love no false oath: for all these are things that I hate, saith the LORD.” Zechariah 8:16-17 [KJV]

    “And He charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.” The Master, Jesus (Mk. 8:15 KJV)

    “It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” Psalm 118:8-9 [KJV]

    “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. For the needy shall not always be forgotten: the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever. Arise, O LORD: let not man prevail: let the heathen be judged in Thy sight. Put them in fear, O LORD; that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.” Psalm 9:17-20 [KJV]

    “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of His power; when He shall come to be glorified in His saints, and to be admired in all them that believe” II Thessalonians 1:7-10 [KJV]

    and,

    “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 [KJV]

  5. Sebrena, 31 March, 2009

    A message to Mr. Obama. May the Lord bless you and keep you. I pray that your eyes are opened soon to the destruction you are delivering to this country. I did not vote for you because you are against Core Christian Values. I hold dear the life of the unborn and I pray that today that Jesus will visit you like He did Saul on his way to Damacus. I pray that your heart will be changed for your sake and for the lives of those that live in America and for the unborn.

  6. David H., 01 April, 2009

    It’s the way of the world. Even though laws pass or not, our personal duty is to stay faithful. We can’t force our will unto others. We know that man’s heart will continue to get cold if you believe what that bible says. There’s no use in fighting it or getting all excited about it because what is determined will happen regardless. But anyways I am very greatfull for this website and the hours that are put into it to keep us faithful informed. One day it will all be over.

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