Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Another Goddamned Podcast #44:
January 22, 2009

*some conditions apply

Original audio source

SI and OG introduce tonight's topic, one of the Bush Administration's final gifts to the American public: a new set of U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services regulations addressing issues of freedom of conscience for health care professionals. These regulations, which apply to all American health care facilities that receive federal funds, greatly expand the rights of employees to decline participation in the provision of medical goods and services for reasons of personal conscience. Chappy questions whether some of these provisions will endanger people who may not receive essential, critical care. SI discusses the Church Amendments that pre-existed the current regulations and ponders whether the new rules are necessary, redundant or dangerously expansive. (00:00)

The discussion continues, as OG, SI and Chappy parse the possible meanings of the term "conscience laws." OG and SI also discuss why this issue is about the reproductive rights of all people, not just women. SI grows increasingly irritated throughout the discussion and questions the validity of tying funding for institutions to the ways in which individuals within institutions exercise their legal rights. He calms down later, as he notes why President Bush may not have had the last word on the matter after all. (19:10)

Find out the latest poll results, then listen as OG reveals why she was pissed off all day. Hint: follow the link to Godtube - if you dare. (38:15)

Musical Selections:
Opening Music [00:06]: excerpt from "Another Goddamned Draft"
Bridge Music [17:49]: excerpt from "Interlude 2" by Encephalophone
Bridge Music [37:02]: excerpt from "Interlude 3" by Encephalophone
Closing Music [48:12]: excerpt from "As Jazzy as I Get"
(All music: copyright 2008 by Rachel Murie except as noted)

This Week's Goddamned Links
DHHS Proposed Rule
7 States Sue Government Over U.S. Abortion Rule
Anti-Abortion Nurse Removed IUD Without Permission
Monstrous Women on GodTube


PhillyChief said...

Canada is crazy, too.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha! I know where the Lakewood neighborhood is. It wasn't far from where I lived. It was a fairly new development about 15 years ago - lots of big houses were being built in that section of town when we moved away.

Winnipeg has a pretty strong religious presence. It has one of Canada's largest Franco-Catholic populations outside of Quebec. Some of the Catholic churches are gorgeous.

Winnipeg also has a strong Mennonite presence, which gives the city a tradition of amazing choral music. The Mennonites are moral liberal than their Amish brethren, but it doesn't take much to be more liberal than the Amish.

The Russian Orthodox Church has a visible presence in the city too, as lots of Ukrainian peasants fled to the area in the early- and mid- 20th century.

Winnipeg also has a strong native American presence - Cree Indians. Unfortunately, many of them have fled to the big city from impoverished northern villages and have numerous social difficulties, as well as drug and alcohol addiction problems.

Winnipeg is a pretty cosmopolitan for a city of its size - 650,000 or so. But, yeah, the religious presences and influences - particularly Christian - are definitely strong.

Anonymous said...

Mennonites are more liberal...

PhillyChief said...

In contrast to America...

andy said...

I can't download any of the podcasts. anyone else got this problem?

Ordinary Girl said...

Andy, I'm able to download them. What are you doing to download them? Try right clicking on the Original Source link and using Save As. Also, what browser are you using?