Rendering Treatment, Refusing Transformation (and Destruction): Preserving Medical Conscience Rights

May 30, 2021 by

It is wrong to force religious individuals who are highly skilled medical and mental health professionals to violate their core religious convictions by compelling them to support and participate in terminating life, or in elective therapies that seek fundamentally to alter the human person, whether to achieve transgender ends or transhumanist ones.

The basic creed of the medical community is “Do no harm!” Today, this foundational principle, derived from the ancient Hippocratic oath, is under assault. Radical voices not only demand extreme individual autonomy in matters of life, death, and mutilation of healthy bodies, but also insist that medical professionals be willing to participate in these procedures without exception.

The Biden administration is leading the charge against faith-inspired doctors, nurses, and medical institutions. Its approach is to use the anti-discrimination provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) to redefine biological “sex” to encompass the full range of LGBTQI+ categories. Legislation like the Equality Act would twist the principles of anti-discrimination even further to require the federal funding of abortion.

Doctors, nurses, and other health professionals have an obligation to preserve and protect human life. For many, this obligation aligns with their religiously informed vocations to serve God and fellow human beings through the healing arts. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have witnessed the courageous, compassionate service of medical professionals.

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