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Are Personal Beliefs Ruining Healthcare?

Are Personal Beliefs Ruining Healthcare?

John Rossheim | Monster Senior Contributing Writer

Personal Beliefs May Impact Career Choices

Those considering a healthcare career or job change should reflect on how their beliefs align with potential job duties. “Some medical students are required to do abortions, and most of our premed students won’t do them, so they’re going to have a big fight,” McDonnell says.

On the other hand, healthcare workers who believe they must provide any medically appropriate treatment may find themselves curtailed in some settings.

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“If you go and work in a Catholic hospital, you are under Catholic healthcare directives, (and) you’re ruled by what the bishops and the pope say,” Waxman says. “Healthcare workers need to know how their activities may be limited by these directives.”

Treatment of Gays and Lesbians Is Also a Battleground

Some healthcare providers deny or limit the care they provide gays and lesbians. “I may not approve of homosexuality, but that doesn’t mean I don’t treat them,” Stevens says. “But I don’t help homosexuals conceive children.”

Says Jennifer Pizer, senior counsel for Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund, which advocates for the rights of gays and lesbians: “There’s a great obligation on the part of a religious believer to find an occupation where their practice won’t injure third parties,” such as lesbian patients seeking artificial insemination. “Having a religious motive for the conduct doesn’t take away the harm.”


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