Well, they did it. They passed an extended rule about conscience clauses.
Now, remember, no one forces a physician to perform an abortion NOW. But ironically it is perfectly legal to FORCE a physician who supports a woman's right to choose, to have to read a scientifically inaccurate document that tells lies about the consequences of abortion. THat's where we were, yesterday.
Now, under the new Bush rule, if the receptionist doesn't like gay people, she can refuse to ring up anti-HIV drugs.
A pharmacy assistant who doesn't believe in birth control can deny a woman the Pill. Now, let me remind you that there are legitimate medical reasons for the Pill that have nothing to do with contraception (I know this as a woman, and a lesbian--trust me, birth control is not a conern). So the assistant gets to make the decision whether I "need" this medically?
Don't like black people? It's legal for you, the clerk, to refuse to fill someone's prescription for insulin.
AND it's legal for you NOT TO TELL THEM where any alternatives are.
This is run amok. Seriously.