Have you asked yourself what would happen if Medicine follows the same ideological trendlines that Humanities like ‘Women’s Studies’ have followed? That shift is beginning already.
If you actively screen out the ‘wrong’ political thinking at the intake side, it won’t take long before you can ideologically ‘capture’ the entire medical profession with an activist view.
Once that happens, the Left will obviously use the air of authority that a medical consensus has to offer to drive public policy.
They are doing this in an effort to block medical professionals who object to such things as, say, performing an abortion participating in Canada’s euthanasia program, participating in a pre-teen’s gender reassignment process, or whatever the Left’s Next Big Social Experiment might happen to be. Ironically, they are doing this in the name of ‘bio-ethics’.
The ongoing moral cleansing of the medical professions — currently waged in the media and bioethics movement’s policy offensive against “medical conscience” — may soon expand to preventing unwoke would-be doctors, nurses, and pharmacists from obtaining professional educations. Specifically, the Canadian bioethicist Udu Schuklenk — who generally mouths the mainstream utilitarianish views of the mainstream bioethics movement — has explicitly advocated barring students with unwanted sanctity-of-life ethics from admission into medical school. From the Global News story:
For Schuklenk, a possible solution to prevent such debates [over euthanasia, abortion, transgender interventions, etc..] from cropping up at all would be to screen out would-be doctors who say they would object to providing health care on conscience grounds before they even get to medical school.
This could be done through a survey or asking medical school applicants outright if they foresee themselves objecting to providing certain types of health care.
“The problems that we are having now that lead to the kinds of legislation they are considering now in Alberta is caused by these sorts of doctors who prioritize their private beliefs, ultimately, over patient well-being,” Schuklenk told Global News.
“Medical schools, pharmacy schools should go out of their way to basically eliminate applicants who they know already will not provide these services.”
Anecdotally, I can tell you from speaking to pro-life want-to-be doctors and nurses, that such culling already occurs outside of official policy.
If this kind of a purge seems like a good idea to you, consider this:
Dr. Josef Mengele had the blessing of the Nazi state to perform his medical atrocities on unwilling patients. Freedom of conscience and diversity of thought were not permitted in that environment.
In creating an environment that screens out those who will not perform acts that run contrary to your conscience, this invites a culture of groupthink where there is less moral latitude to call out incidents of abuse, neglect, malpractice or even register a dissenting view that recognizes an ethical, moral or even legal issue that others in the profession have been blind to.
It isn’t so very long ago that Nelly Bly exposed exactly that sort of unchecked abuse of power within our ‘esteemed medical authorities’ in ‘Ten Days In A Madhouse’.
Why would we possibly want to go back to that sort of monolithic thinking?