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"Right of Conscience" Protections; Be Patient copyright © 2008 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org She said, "If one is to pass, it will have to be my sister." Jennifer would not allow a baby to die. Although the newborn had yet to take a single breath, and was still safely tucked away in her mother's belly, Jenn decided the infant must live. Had she been an employee of one of more than 584,000 health-care organizations her word would have been considered a "right of conscience." Jenn would not be held responsible if she refused to treat the soon-to-be Mom who was also her sibling. A Bush Administration rule would protect physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other employees who decline to participate in care they think ethically, morally or religiously objectionable, from any repercussions. Medication, information, or any other assistance need not be given to someone a medical staffer considers immoral. If the Bush Bill is allowed to stand, those who take the Hippocratic Oath and those who work with Doctors need not do a deed they believe violates personal beliefs. On December 18, 2008, the White House decreed it would protect all Health Care Workers. This provision is thought to be a gift from G-d for those who are as Jennifer was, pious believers. As a devoutly religious soul, when confronted with the choice of who might live or who would die, Jennifer decided the relative she knew and loved for all her life could go. Jenn announced, "Babs had been a beautiful child, terrific as a teen. As an adult, Barbara was the best. Her existence on Earth had been short." "Yet," Jennifer cried with tears in her eyes, "Now, it is time for the baby to realize the joy of an Earthly existence." Jennifer had faith. 'G-d knows' were the words she oft uttered. It is...
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"I'm Dying;" Please Ponder My Plea copyright © 2009 Betsy L. Angert. BeThink.org I did not know of him or of his condition until today. When he first approached me, he assured me, I did not need to assist him. He was well taken care of. kwickkick wanted to help me help myself. Indeed, he hoped to lend a hand to all who reside in America. He had only his story, a reminder of what is most important to a person when they learn they are about to pass. Kwickkick offered his plea, to you, and to me, and asked us to ponder. As he shared, I thought of how the compassionate chap, kwickkick could have been me. However, he did not know of my situation. As I said, we had just met. The 34-year-old man, who discovered just hours earlier, he has but little time to live, is a contract employee in the sales division at software company. He is as many skilled workers in the United States. kwickkick is one of the forty-five, or more, millions of Americans without health insurance. Too many of whom understand that the lack of medical coverage is a death sentence waiting to happen. For kwickkick, the decree has been delivered. It was as he expected and thus he penned, I'm Dying. [Please click on the his statement to read his tale which appears just below.] As any healthy person, I cannot begin to imagine what kwickkick feels or what lies ahead for him. However, as a human, as one who can relate to a life without medical insurance, I understand the historical references so eloquently stated in an essay so emotive. While my circumstances were never as dire as his, as an educated professional employee, for all but this past year of my life, I too never had...

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