And conscience is good!

Seems as though the only thing which makes those pesky liberals back down is the threat of legal action. The previous guidance of the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health, released in April, said that anyone who wanted to obtain a diploma to work in the sexual health field must “prescribe all forms of contraception”. They were challenged by many medical practitioners, as well as Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) who warned of legal action. FSRH Chief Executive Jane Hatfield said that after consulting the group’s members, it found a “wide spectrum of views”; as if they couldn’t have found this out by prior consultation, instead of attempting to ram their ideology into the guidelines by stealth.

Chief Executive of CMF Dr Peter Saunders said that while the guidelines could be better, it was “a big improvement” on the previous wording.

He said: “Whatever the reason, the climb-down is most welcome and will enable many more doctors and nurses to obtain diplomas in sexual and reproductive health. That can only be good for patient care.” He remarked that the move mimicked a similar ‘change of heart’ by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) in June.

Early draft guidance by the GPhC could have forced Christians to provide access to abortifacient or hormone-blocking drugs, but, again after threats of Legal Action, the new guidance recognises pharmacists’ right “to practise in line with their religion, personal values or beliefs”.

The larger question remains: why do these characters insist on attempting to push their views, their values; onto an ever-increasingly resistant body of people whose beliefs are diametrically opposed to those oh-so-liberal-and-yet-allegedly-caring bunch of clowns at the top of the trees?

6 comments for “And conscience is good!

  1. Mudplugger
    December 16, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Alternatively, anyone who has a conscientious objection to the legal operating rules operated by their employer retains the right to leave that position and seek employment at another organisation or in a profession better aligned with their own beliefs.

    Almost all Jewish & Muslim workers choose not to work within the pork industry, that’s their right, they seek work elsewhere. The same option applies to anyone with personal views on conception which conflict with the legal operating principles of their employer.

    • Errol
      December 16, 2017 at 9:38 pm

      Ahh, but that stops them controlling it. That’s why they get into it, after all – to deliberately influence it toward their attitudes.

  2. December 17, 2017 at 8:36 am

    Yes, the problem with abortion is it’s like pregnancy – you can’t be just a little bit pregnant. A doctor against baby murder does not need to find another profession, he’s in his profession, carrying out his hippocratic oath.

    Third paragraph:

    • Mudplugger
      December 17, 2017 at 9:16 am

      If I’m a check-out operator at Waitrose and the company decides to sell GM baked beans, something to which I am principally deeply opposed, I can debate within Waitrose but, if the store sticks to its guns, I then have a choice – either sell every product on the conveyor-belt or quit, maybe go and work at the Co-op or Greens R Us.

      Waitrose are not employing me to be choosy, they are employing me to implement their standard company policy.
      A doctor working for the NHS is no different – he has a choice. His personal principle has no greater value than that of the Waitrose check-out operator: his choice is the same.

  3. The Jannie
    December 17, 2017 at 10:10 am

    Mudplugger’s parallel is timely. Our recent experience of the NHS – it’s the envy of the world, you know – would indicate that there are a few medical professionals who might serve us better at a supermarket checkout.

    • December 17, 2017 at 11:16 am

      Nice one. Boom Boom.

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