I'm watching an online debate about FOCA, the Congressional bill which proposes to abolish State and Federal restrictions and limitations on the right of women to have an abortion prior to fetal viability (link to S.1173
; link to H.R.1964
One of the oppositions' main arguments is that if passed, faith-based hospitals and healthcare facilities, as well as all licensed physicians, will be forced to perform abortions
To be blunt, I'm wondering if this particular argument is hogwash, but I don't know enough about the medical profession or industry to be sure.
According to the language of the bill, the government can't deny, interfere with, or discriminate on the basis of, a woman's right to choose. Addressing the healthcare facilities on an organizational level, most non-military ones are non-governmental entities, correct? Is there governmental action if a physician at such a facility refused to perform a procedure?
Addressing the individual physicians themselves, I have the same question. Each is state-licensed, so is that sufficient intermingling of government action so that a physician's refusal equates to discrimination?
I don't want to open up a can of worms by asking, because I think both sides of every controversial issue has its share of both valid and ridiculous arguments ... I'm really just interested in this particular argument.
So who can school me?