In Texas, a Catholic bishop made two hospitals cease doing tube-tying operations for women who are not going to have more babies. In Arizona, a nun was excommunicated and the hospital where she works was expelled from the church after 116 years for allowing doctors to terminate a pregnancy to save a woman’s life. At the same time, some doctors and other health professionals have faced disciplinary action for refusing to perform procedures or provide medications that go against their religious beliefs.
Should Catholic hospitals be able to restrict doctors from performing common and legal medical practices? Do such restrictions unfairly impinge on the rights of non-Catholic patients and doctors, particularly those in rural or underserved areas where alternative hospitals are not readily available?
Religion is much more than one’s own particular tradition and belief system. What is sin for us may be fine with the “others”.
When an organization functions in the public arena, it has to abide by the city/county/state/country regulations. If it wants to refuse certain services to certain consumers because of its faith, it should declare those in a clear public display.
We should not force our beliefs on others. If somebody is a non-believer in our belief system and wants to undergo a legally valid procedure (which is sin according to us, the provider), the provider may explain its viewpoint to the consumer but then leave it to the consumer and let consumer answer God on this particular decision. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each person to adhere to their own moral, ethical and spiritual beliefs.
Usually when a new employee joins an organization, one is provided with its policy manual. Why to join an organization or profession where you know that you would be certainly “sinning” in your performance of duties? Why to knowingly open ourselves to the possibility of the conflict?
Many of us have a tendency of selective highlighting of scriptures instead of going by the overall message. In this scenario, your highlighted areas might be very different than my highlighted areas and even contradictory sometimes.