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Doctors with religious objections- what care should they HAVE to provide?


If you have a religious objection to performing the duties of a job, then religious freedom means you don’t have to take that job. It doesn’t mean that you have the right to take that job, refuse to perform your duties, and then demand to be exempt from the consequences. If we allow people to refuse to do their jobs on religious grounds, where will it end? ~Adam Lee


Asked by IhartU at 9:26 AM on Mar. 14, 2013 in Religious Debate

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  • Drs with problems from being religious shout open their own practice and do whatever they want.
    They shouldn't work in hospitals or offices that they would have to deny someone treatment by hats wrong.

    Honestly I feel if your religion is so limiting then you are in the wrong field.

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 10:49 AM on Mar. 14, 2013

  • My Dh is a pharmacist. The only time he refuses a RX is when he knows it's a fake; or he questions the validity of it due to the person being an addict. (happens more often than you think) In each case, the law the is on his side.
    He feels if someone wants to use their PERSONAL religious convictions as a means to control others, than go open your own store. Otherwise, shut up and work. (that last sentence is mine)

    Answer by sahmamax2 at 2:32 PM on Mar. 14, 2013

  • if they have a problem with something it needs to be stated upfront and if its something that is part of their normal duties (like touching a female) then that needs to be mentioned when the appointment is being made. if the hospital has a specific policy then that needs to be stated up front as well.

    if the Drs' religion would prevent them from doing something that could save a life, then they should NOT be in that position. "doing no harm" should include doing harm by not doing anything.

    Answer by okmanders at 4:31 PM on Mar. 14, 2013

  • A doctor takes an oath to do no harm. So, their first objective is to evaluate how to proceed without causing harm. If that means putting the mother first before a baby in the womb, so be it. I think most doctors realize that. I think it's the elective health decisions that might conflict with their beliefs. I know there are exceptions where doctors make a bad decision and this is where the patient needs to know in advance the care available to them.

    I don't think it is wise to tell potential doctors they needn't pursue their career. We are already looking at a potential doctor shortage.

    Answer by HHx5 at 11:21 AM on Mar. 14, 2013

  • Should the same should be applied to Pharmacists.

    In our state we have the Death with Dignity Law which allows terminally ill to end their lives.
    A Pharmacist does not have to fill the prescription if he/she feels it's against their Religious beliefs to do so.
    In our Pharmacy, we've filled a handful of these deadly cocktails and sold directly to the patient.
    I also worked with a Pharmacist that was filling in who refused to fill one of these prescriptions and the patient broke down in tears. It was the most difficult thing to see.

    Answer by PMSMom10 at 1:17 PM on Mar. 14, 2013

  • But if you are a vegan you do not have to butcher it or eat it.

    Split that hair any finer you could cut glass with it. You know it's the same damn thing.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 11:26 PM on Mar. 15, 2013

  • If a doctor has is own practice he should just inform his patients what he will not do. but if he wrks in a Hospital. Heshould do his job the way the Hospital wants.

    Answer by louise2 at 1:00 PM on Mar. 14, 2013

  • We live in a free market society at least for now, we should be researching our doctors and finding out if they are what we are looking for or not. If they are not what we are looking for they don't get our money. if they are what we are looking for then they will get our money. As though some feel that doctors should disclose their beliefs in regards to procedures they will not do, one can ask a doctor the simple question before seeing them are their any procedures that you will not do because of your beliefs. There are a lot of procedures out there that are done by specialists. Different doctors have different areas of expertise.  We have just become a lazy society and don't want ot do our own research any more.


    Answer by Anonymous at 4:25 PM on Mar. 14, 2013

  • To hold him to a different standard then we hold ourselves is wrong.

    How is it a different standard? If you are a vegan and get a job at McDonald's, you're not allowed to refuse to serve everything but fries, drinks and salads.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 6:20 PM on Mar. 15, 2013

  • A Dr is human the same as any of us with his own beliefs. To hold him to a different standard then we hold ourselves is wrong. If a Dr's beliefs are against abortion then why should he have to go against it. If you don't like it he's not holding you hostage and forcing you to keep the baby. He's simply saying he doesn't believe in killing a life. I do think that if a Dr has stong convictions of any kind that they could post a sign/tell you ahead of time so you are planning an abortion you could ask before even going in.

    Answer by baconbits at 10:34 AM on Mar. 15, 2013