A nurse in New York has filed a lawsuit against Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, after being forced to assist in a late second-trimester abortion. The hospital knew of her objections and essentially told her she would be fired otherwise. Specifically, she would be charged with "insubordination and patient abandonment", leading to a possible loss of her job and her license as a nurse.
The woman's attorney stated:
"We're seeing more and more cases where pro-life health workers are facing requirements to assist in abortions against their rights of conscience."
Of course, this comes against the backdrop of the Democrats' attempt to have the federal government take over much of the health care industry in America, which, by definition, includes the people who actually practice medicine. What kind of protection will those individuals be afforded to avoid doing things that violate their conscious or religious beliefs? Such as, in this case, abortion, or even doctor assisted suicide - or straight out Euthanasia?
The short answer seems to be little. Obama himself promised a "robust conscious clause", but this is the same President who used his authority to rescind such protections for medical practitioners that was put in place buy the Bush administration.
And Congress has already had an opportunity to extends such protection as part of the ongoing heath care debate and chose not to. Specifically, the House rejected an amendment which would have done just that.