Religious Freedom in Health Care

Bush administration wants to ensure religious freedom of health care workerslots of people are opposed. The regulation would require that medical schools accept students who are opposed to abortion; that hospitals must agree to hire doctors, nurses, and other professionals who may be opposed to it, or they won’t receive federal money. And state and local agencies would be forbidden from discriminating against hospitals that refuse to provide abortions. It defines abortion thus:

any of the various procedures — including the prescription, dispensing and administration of any drug or the performance of any procedure or any other action — that results in the termination of the life of a human being in utero between conception and natural birth, whether before or after implantation.

Some say that is too broad, that it could mean oral and emergency contraception, too. That’s the point. If it is going to cover the religious freedom of workers and institutions, it needs to define it as they do.