I have reported earlier on the new law in Victoria, Australia, that mandates that any doctor who has conscientious objections to abortion refer women who consult him on the subject to a doctor who has no such objections.
There seems to be a particularly insane liberal idea going about that a doctor who does not offer a woman such a referral is, or plausibly may be, "harming" her, since if such conscientious objections are widespread it may become difficult (heaven forbid!) for an abortion-seeking woman to get "access" to this all-important service. One commentator at Secondhand Smoke, speaking of a doctor who refused to provide a referral, literally alluded to the phrase, "Your right to swing your arm is limited by the point where my nose begins." Get that? Refusing to help a woman have her child terminated is like hitting her in the nose. Upon questioning, he was willing to qualify this a bit by saying that his point stands if it's genuinely hard for her to get an abortion as a result of the refusal of a referral. Poor lady.
What is supposed to happen in Victoria if all doctors have conscientious objections and hence have no one to whom to refer abortion-seeking women is, as far as I know, a question the law does not address. But the intent is clear: Pro-lifers are not to be allowed to prevent abortion by changing the culture so that doctors stop performing abortions and abortions become hard to get as a result. That would be hurting women. "A woman has a right to an abortion" is now to be taken with the strictest literalness: A woman has a right to be given an abortion by someone or other, and by golly, if you won't do it, you'd better make sure she can find somebody else who will.
Thinking about this particularly horrific craziness inspired the following thought: Liberals have succeeded in changing our culture in their direction quite radically, so that we conservatives have difficulty obtaining access to things and services we want. Herewith, I claim a right to some stuff that I'm having trouble finding. I demand access. If you won't give these things to me, I want a referral. Let's see if readers can add to the list.
--All clothing manufacturers and providers in my geographical region should be required either to provide me with modest girls' apparel or, if they refuse to do so, to provide me with a referral to someone who will sell me such clothes.
--I demand access to a shopping mall that does not have its walls plastered with pictures of half-naked men and women and does not contain dark clothing stores that look like Satanic dens in which even the mannequins are covered with tattoos. If the local mall owner will not provide me with an atmosphere in which I can comfortably take my children shopping, he must give me a referral to a mall (within my area, of course) that will provide such an atmosphere.
--I want a referral to a restaurant that doesn't put a television in my face. If you won't take out the TV, find me a place that will.
--I demand access to television channels without commercials containing sexual innuendo and without liberal programing. Charter must provide a new Maybury Network or give customers a referral to someone who will.
I'm sure readers can do better than this. I have restrained myself from adding frivolous entries concerning hand-packed ice cream and Play-Doh in primary colors. But I have confidence in the ingenuity of W4's readership to come up with even more clever demands for access that we as conservatives could make. Try to change the culture on us? Nope. We demand a referral.