What would you do if you had to choose between your job and your faith? Between your livelihood and your conscience?
I often think about this because as a physician anesthesiologist I do not wish to perform procedures that lead to the elective, intentional demise of any life. That includes euthanasia or mercy-killing and abortion. So far, every workplace I have been part of has accommodated my conscience clause.
What if this was not the case?
This week a citizengo petition was started in favor a Polish-Norwegian physician who lost her job because she refused to perform the insertion of an intrauterine device (IUD) as a method of birth control. Her moral objection has to do with the fact that the IUD can act as an abortifacient under certain conditions. It can theoretically prevent the implantation of a viable embryo.
“Dr Jachimowicz is a medical doctor with 23 years’ experience, and over 4 years working as a family doctor at the Family Clinic in the municipality of Sauherad in Norway. During this period, there has never been any complaint about her work as a physician. From the beginning of her employment with the clinic, the management knew that Dr Jachimowicz would not agree to the use of the intrauterine coil in her practice of medicine (in Norway, the coil is not only a matter for gynecologists but also for family doctors). And, for the clinic, this did not present a problem, because other doctors at the same clinic, who were willing to prescribe this abortifacient, served the women (patients) who asked for it.
Therefore, the contract between the clinic and Dr Jachimowicz contained a disclaimer that she would not be obliged to perform these procedures, as such measures are abortifacient in nature. And, the clinic’s management agreed to the arrangement.
However, between 2011-2014, there was an intense discussion in Norway about the right to conscientious objection in family medicine. Doctors who used it underwent a thorough inspection. And then, on 1 January , 2015, a new rule came into force, which effectively prohibited family doctors from refusing any work because of their beliefs. The only exception to this draconian measure was the lack of appropriate skills.”
Dr Jachimowicz was forced out of her job because of her pro-life stance.
These situations happen not because there is a lack of medical personnel to perform morally questionable procedures, but because the militant, progressive, extreme-left, anti-family, anti-life establishment made it their purpose in life to harass Christians who guide their life by the moral compass called the Bible. Tolerance is a one-way street for these intolerant liberals.
Unfortunately, cases like these are not limited to progressive countries like Norway. Such instances have occurred in the United States as well where nurses have lost their jobs because they refused to participate in abortion, and in some cases they lost the appeal as well.
Should doctors and health professionals be allowed to practice their profession according to their faith on this issue of life? Please leave a comment below with your opinion.