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22 June 2007

Doctors' beliefs hinder patient care

Posted today on MSNBC.com: Doctors' beliefs hinder patient care. And by "patient care", they mean essentially "women's care". Rape victims denied emergency contraception, women with ectopic pregnancies denied abortions, single women and lesbians denied access to fertility clinics and numerous other indignities all because doctors and nurses felt compelled by their religious beliefs to put the health of their women patients behind their religion.
Compared with the highly publicized issue of pharmacists who refuse to dispense birth control and emergency contraception, physician refusals are a little-discussed topic.
Sixteen legislatures have given doctors the right to refuse to perform sterilizations; eight states say doctors don't have to prescribe contraception.
Since the early 1990s, hospitals have been steadily consolidating operations to save money; so many secular community hospitals have been bought up that, today, nearly one in five hospital beds is in a religiously owned institution
Every Catholic hospital is bound by the ethical directives of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, which forbid abortion and sterilization (unless they are lifesaving), in vitro fertilization, surrogate motherhood, some prenatal genetic testing, all artificial forms of birth control and the use of condoms for HIV prevention.


Women, you definitely want to read this but don't do it until after you've taken your blood pressure medication.

  • On 6/23/2007 6:51 AM, Blogger Jenn in Holland said…

    Deep breaths and a long sigh.

    Ridiculous isn't it. Outrageous. Unbelievable.
    NOT ACCEPTABLE!

     
  • On 6/23/2007 9:16 PM, Blogger cathouse teri said…

    Wow. It even pissed Jenn off.

    I can't read it. I'm on my period and I'm pretty pissy!

    (See! I said piss twice! Thrice now!)

    :)

     
  • On 6/25/2007 12:40 AM, Blogger Diesel said…

    Sorry, I'm going to disagree. We shouldn't be in the business of legislating against the moral convictions of doctors. If you want birth control, don't go to a friggin' Catholic hospital.

     
  • On 6/29/2007 10:37 AM, Blogger Hammer said…

    I think doctors and pharmacists should do only as they believe, there are plenty of other doctors that will perform the necessary services.

    I am uncomfortable with the government forcing doctors to practice outside their morals

     

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