Apparently that Law & Order SVU Episode Was Written by the Connecticut AG
December 27, 2008
As I described in my previous post, the writers of a recent Law & Order SVU episode apparently would allow a customer to force her beliefs on a pharmacist when it comes to the morning-after pill, and then even characterize the pharamacist as the aggressor. It’s even worse in real life. In response to the recently-passed Provider Conscience Rule, which requires only that federal funding recipients promise not to violate consciences of healthcare providers in certain situations, the Connecticut Attorney General has issued this troubling statement:
This Provider Conscience Rule, thinly veiled as a promise of fairness to doctors, jeopardizes assurances that sexual assault victims are provided emergency contraception. This new rule puts personal agendas before patient care — protecting doctor objections, but entirely ignoring the rights of rape victims and others to access birth control and other vital services. This rule upsets the careful balance between physician beliefs and a patient’s right to affordable, accessible health care.
Sound familiar? It’s not as though anyone in Connecticut is forced to accept federal funding or the rules that accompany accepting national tax-payer money, just as the customer in the episode wasn’t forced to visit that particular pharmacist. But apparently allowing one person to force her views on another person (i.e., ram her views down someone else’s throat) isn’t such a bad thing afterall, as long as you’re on the right (i.e., left) side.