The fundamental right to refuse: A decent society would respect people’s moral commitments

From the Los Angeles Times, September 2, 2008

The Times Opinion page featured a thoughtful article by Crispin Sartwell, who teaches philosophy at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, outlining why government should respect the “fundamental moral commitments” of individuals:

I am a pro-choice atheist. But I support a regulation, recently promulgated by the Bush administration, that would cut federal funding to nearly 600,000 hospitals, clinics, health plans, doctors’ offices and other entities if they do not allow their employees to opt out of providing certain types of care—including abortion services—on grounds of conscience and personal belief. [read article]