Trump hardly gives back anything of substance or value to his base, but he gives them what they really want, and that's triggering the libs.By and large, do you believe it's ok for health workers to refuse to prescribe you contraceptives because they don't believe in birth control?
Absolutely not. I'm a BSN student right now. The patient is supposed to have agency over their own care.
That is true, but it's not absolute. Patients do not have the moral right to force healthcare workers to provide treatments that are against their conscience (based on professional autonomy), and this goes beyond religious and cultural values, too. As a clinical ethics consultant in a secular institution I am regularly consulted on issues with critical care physicians asking what their moral and professional obligations are for continuing aggressive care at the end of life, and I advise them that they are not morally obligated to provide treatments that are counter to their conscience and potentially inappropriate or futile. This is a well-accepted norm in medical ethics from a secular perspective, so this goes beyond merely religious liberty.
But the issue at hand is rather complex. I think the vast majority of people believe in the legitimacy of some sort of conscience clause that protects individuals from being forced to be involved with issues that they find morally objectionable. For example, I think you'd be hard-pressed to find anyone who believes that the general Catholic nurse from Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York (Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo) should've been conscripted into helping with that treatment against her explicit objections.
On the other hand, the majority of these types of cases come in specific/specialized contexts and/or roles, and many times they can be considered an integral function of the job role/description. (This is at least true in my experiences at larger healthcare institutions like CC - e.g. there is a multidisciplinary team that takes care of all components of transgender health, meaning there wouldn't necessarily be conflict there. Perhaps in smaller healthcare institutions roles are more spread out and conflated, but even then it's hard to rationalize cases such as Catholic OB/GYNs refusing to prescribe contraceptives in secular healthcare institutions, since that's such an integral component of the OB/GYN's role in modern medicine, along with being the standard of care in many contexts.)
So while I think there is certainly a need for some type of conscience clause to avoid generalized healthcare workers being conscripted into treatments that they find morally objectionable, there are certainly limits when it comes to more specialized roles in healthcare.