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The doctor's actions amount to no more than religiously sanctioned bigotry. If he had no knowledge regarding the parents or if one of the parents came in with the child, he could easily have thought that she was a single mother. Done and done.Those who promote kind of crap, along with related issues such as the failure to service birth control prescriptions for religious reasons, need to be called on for it until they either are willing to change their stance or find another profession. This is SERVICE we're talking about, something I take very damned seriously, and if they are not willing to serve, they don't belong in the business.
Apparently the good doctor did take her hypocritical oath seriously:
On February 9, four months after the discrimination took place, the Contreras family finally received a hand-written letter from [Dr.] Roi. She apologized, but explained, “After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that I would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationship that I normally do with my patients.” She admitted that she should have spoken to them that day instead of leaving a colleague to break the news, but she provided no clear explanation for the treatment. “Please know that I believe that God gives us free choice,” Roi wrote, “and I would never judge anyone based on what they do with that free choice.”
This is what Hitchens said so powerfully,
Hitchens: Why fight religion?
For the doctor who would not take as a patient the child of same-sex parents, confusing loyalty to dogma before her hippocratic oath tells the parents all they need to know ... this doctor is not for them.
Just another example of what Steven Weinstein said,
She had met with the couple a few months earlier and seemed reasonable. Then when they showed up for the appointment they were told by a colleague of the doctor's that she had "prayed on it" and couldn't help their baby. In fact she didn't even come in to work that day. I'd say that goes beyond unethical and on into the realm of evil. But it's evil in the name of god so it's OK. I guess she took her hypocritical oath to heart.
A Michigan doctor refused to treat a six-day old baby with same-sex parents because religious freedom.
Joan, I hope so too. He did pose nude for a gay magazine cover, which used the scandal as a selling point. I just now discovered that via google. Sam Adams should have known better.
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