The Power To Choose For Those Who Cannot

Posted: December 14, 2009 in Blitherings

There’s a telling line from an old Rush song, which says, “If you chose not to decide, you still have made a choice.” Truer words were never spoken. Refusing to stand on the strengths of your convictions is simply deciding to let someone else make the decision for you.

“Pro-life nurse forced to assist an abortion” -abortion

“Cenzon-DeCarlo reminded her supervisors of her religious objections, but was told that if she did not participate, she would be charged with “insubordination and patient abandonment,” which could result in disciplinary action and the possible loss of her job and nursing license”

This was a reprehensible decision on the part of the hospital, and I think it’s pretty clear from the article that she’s probably got pretty solid grounds for legal action, either statutory or on the basic of “religious” discrimination. if it had been a Muslim potentially being “forced” to slice ham in a Supermarket deli, I think we all know which way it would have gone. However.

While I certainly sympathize with this woman’s struggle, and given the job market these days, facing the loss of income has to incredibly compelling. All that aside, she was only “forced” to assist in performing an abortion in that she was “forced” to chose between assisting in the termination of a pregnancy, which she believed to be killing a child, and the loss of her job.

She chose to keep her job.

  1. Steve, you are five hundred different kinds of RIGHT. When I read about this circumstance, I thought the same thing.

    That Mr. Miyagi speech about ‘karate you do, okay, karate you don’t, okay, karate, MAYBE? Squish.’ came immediately to mind for me. The Rush song, yeah, another good analogy.

  2. Hmmm.

    My co-workers, many of whom have lost high paying jobs elsewhere, or students who have never gotten the high paying jobs they trained for, mutter about sabotage.

    In a country without free speech, muttering preceedes the pitching of the sabot into the machinery.

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