I have worked in healthcare for over 30 years, and I have a lot to say about this . . . as I have experienced a crisis of conscience on more than one occasion.
Paramedics can “Baker Act” someone . . . which means that we transport a person (who is a danger to self or others due to mental illness) against their will.
We were often contracted to abduct gay teenagers (with parental complicity) to conversion therapy, as the ambulance ride was to “shatter the denial” that homosexuality is harmful.
The conversion “therapists” would hold up stats showing that gay people are more prone to suicide, so the ambulance ride was also deemed a “neccesary precaution.”
Conversion therapy often utilized electricity, sleep deprivation, isolation, beatings, and so forth to “cure” homosexuality.
So, I reached a point in my ethical development where I wished to become a conscientious objector, and the problem was that I couldn’t find a minister, priest, or rabbi willing to give me a letter (which was a requirement).
So . . . I just didn’t want to do my job.
If I can’t find a religious figure to sign off on a letter, then I can’t claim a religious objection.
I fucking hate organized religion. See below:
So . . . I wonder if Ron DiSantis’ law allows me to follow my conscience without an endorsement from a pastor.
I will soon be a nurse (if all goes well), and I wonder if I’ll be able to object to giving dexamethosone to pregnant women.
Dexamethasone is a very useful (but dangerous) drug that, supposedly, will prevent a pregnant woman from giving birth to a lesbian.
It doesn’t work to prevent gay men from being born, but it supposedly prevents a female fetus from becoming a lesbian.
This drug is dangerous and carries a risk of birth defects . . . but homosexuality is so bad that the risk to the fetus is worth it. See below:
Whenever I’ve objected to such things, I’m told that if I don’t belong to an organized religion (although I consider myself a Jew), then these things shouldn’t bother me because I don’t have a moral compass.
So . . . I just don’t want to do my job.