Abortion: Why Doctors Should have the Right to Refuse Essay

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The First Amendment states, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” This amendment to our Constitution guarantees the citizens of the United States of America the right to live according to their belief system and values and not have the government interfering and dictating how they are to conduct themselves. This amendment grants us freedom to do as we please as long as it is in the confines of being legal. If the activity is illegal we, obviously, must face the consequences of our actions. Throughout the …show more content…
(Kaveny, 2009)
The Church Amendment was written as an answer to the Roe vs. Wade decision to protect the medical personnel’s conscience when one is opposed to abortion. It entitled those that objected to performing abortions because of moral and religious reasons the right to do so. In 1996, another amendment according to Kaveny was enacted to protect those that are in training to become physicians. This one is called the Coats-Snowe Amendment (1996), which “prohibits discrimination against medical training programs and medical students refusing to participate in induced abortions.” (Kaveny, 2009) Those that are of the Pro-Choice persuasion, tend to think that a woman’s right to an abortion supersedes the physician’s right to refuse performing abortions. My thought is that it is the patient’s responsibility to interview her doctor to find out if the doctor’s practices match up with her beliefs. As a woman, I know that we tend ask friends and co-workers who their obstetrician gynecologist is and we converse about what the doctor is like and what their practice is like. Also, if the doctor is practicing in a hospital that is affiliated with a religious persuasion, it is quite obvious what the stand of the facility will be because most religious affiliated hospitals are considered to be pro-life. This patient should go to a public hospital because the chances of finding a doctor willing to…