Jaw-dropping. Watch and weep:
An Oklahoma emergency room doctor refused to provide emergency contraception to a 24-year-old female rape victim because the medication violated the health provider’s personal beliefs, a local CBS News affiliate reports. The hospital also denied the victim a rape kit, noting that it had no appropriate nurse on staff to administer the test.
The good news, if you can call anything about this story good, is that she went to another hospital and got medication and the rape kit.
I’m beginning to “believe” that the so-called “conscience clause” was created by someone with no conscience.
At the risk of offending anyone whose faith would dictate the same kind of response to a rape victim as that doctor’s, very sorry, but I’m going to say this anyway, because my beliefs/opinions are as valid as the next person’s:
If your beliefs are getting in the way of doing your job, then get another job.
If your beliefs affect a severely traumatized crime victim in a way that traumatizes her (or him) even more severely, then you need to switch occupations.
If your “Christian” beliefs cause you to act in a not-so-Christian, unsympathetic, unempathetic way to a fellow human being who is clearly suffering, then find employment elsewhere. Do unto others. And stop judging, lest ye be judged right back.
If your beliefs interfere with your Hippocratic Oath, then why did you take the oath? And why did you break it?
And if your beliefs include indulging in hypocrisy about so-called “small government” not intruding on America’s privacy– as you intrude on another person’s privacy and personal decisions, someone who is able to decide for herself what she should do with her own body– then you’re in the wrong damn line of work.