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Monday, September 22, 2008

Religion Slaps Ontario Patients in the Face

I saw today that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario caved in to religious pressure. See, much like asshole religious pharmacists who think non-matrimonial sex is immoral and won't give out birth control or morning-after pills because of that view, some doctors in Ontario would like the right to be outright prejudicial towards their patients - and by "patients" I mean "them gays who want kids" and "them un-married impregnanted folks".

If there is one area where religion should stay the fuck away from, it's health care. But, of course, there it is, shoving it's nose in and demanding the respect it has never earned, can't back up, and has no business asking for.
(The) Ontario Medical Association asked the college to abandon the draft policy because..."We believe it should never be professional misconduct for an Ontarian physician to act in accordance with his or her religious beliefs."
Um, yeah, actually, it should be professional misconduct if some fantasy-prone doctor refuses to give a patient the care they require and need. As a doctor, YOUR beliefs and hang-ups have no place. If you don't want to deal with fertility treatments for two women who would very much like to have a child, then don't become a goddamn doctor.

You don't think it's morally correct to prescribe birth control to a 15 year old girl? Go be a massage therapist. I can't tell you how angry it makes me to see people in positions of power abusing it because of their irrational bullshit religious beliefs. Oh, and if you're thinking to yourself, "why don't the doctors just refer to an M.D. who'll provide the service?", here's a Rabbi with the stock superiority-complex religious answer:
"Referring is just a way of sloughing off your responsibility," Rabbi Reuven Bulka...said last week. "If you're opposed to these things, referring is the same as taking part in the evil."
Right, so just leave your patients high and dry with no option but going to Wal-Mart for some wire hangers. Thanks for nothing, Rabbi.

Sean Murphy of the Protection of Conscience concerned that one clause remaining in the policy could hurt doctors who exercise conscience...: "college has its own expectations for physicians who limit their practice, refuse to accept individuals as patients, or end a physician-patient relationship on the basis of moral beliefs."
If you really can't bring yourself, as a doctor, to provide an abortion to a rape or incest victim, can't prescribe birth control, can't do fertility treatments for gay/lesbian families, etc, you need to at least give a referral to a doctor who will give these people the care they require. Your silly ass prejudices should not be the end of the road for your patients.

My lame "slippery slope" argument (which, I admit, is a shit tactic, but it is somewhat warranted in this instance) would be - where will this lead to? Will doctors eventually be able to refuse to treat AIDS patients? It is a "gay plague" you know. Will doctors be able to refuse gay/lesbian patients altogether because that lifestyle is "immoral"?

Religion needs to stay the hell away from health-care. Completely. All together.

2 Barbaric Yawps:

At 23/9/08 9:47 am, Blogger Perky Skeptic said...

Hear, hear!!!

At 24/9/08 12:41 pm, Blogger King Aardvark said...

This is bad news. Shame on the College for caving. Thankfully, there's no religious push on my profession - it's hard to insert religion into engineering, though if fundies started pushing engineers to adopt the cubit as the preferred unit of length, I wouldn't be surprised.

The view of the rabbi dismissing the referral option isn't surprising. Fundies don't like even discussing choices that don't mesh with their beliefs. The priest at my highschool once got really upset about a doctor who told a woman with an unplanned pregnancy that abortion was an option. He never recommended it as the preferred option, but apparently giving patients all the information they need to make a decision is a sin.


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