In his commencement address, Mr. Obama said he supported a “sensible conscience clause,” referring to legislative actions that allow doctors or other health care providers to withhold abortion or other services that conflict with their religious beliefs. But he used the opportunity to call for more diversity of opinion and respect for differences.
These laws are used to deny access to birth control for women who don't have access to other doctors or the resources to find them. It is these women that the government should be protecting, not doctors and pharmacists.
I also have worries with regards to the wording of these clauses. Are they truly blanket clauses for any "services that conflict with their religious beliefs?" I honestly don't know. But if they are: Are Muslims allowed to deny a binge drinker the service of having their stomach pumped? Or, less life threatening, are Mormons allowed to deny a patient access to migraine medications (many of which have caffeine in them)? Where is the line? And if this only refers to birth control, why is the line there? How did this religions conviction come to be more important than all the others?