The Hypocritical Oath


And so both the insanity and the War on Women continues unabated in the good old US of A. The media is reporting on a case in Oklahoma where a doctor refused to prescribe emergency contraceptives to a rape victim, because it went against her religious beliefs.

Now I know that Oklahoma is probably where they’ll insert the enema if Planet Earth ever needs one, but there’s a few important things to note here:

  • The treating doctor was female. Surely she would have some inkling of what her patient must be going through, having suffered the trauma of being raped.
  • Which brings me to my second point – we’re talking rape here. Not the sorry aftermath of a misguided sweaty fumbling in the back of the quarterback’s car. Then again, this doctor obviously subscribes to the same point of view as Rick Santorum, that a pregnancy resulting from rape, is God’s gift.

I wish I knew what it was with religious people. They seem intent to impose their beliefs on other people, with no apparent clue as the impact this has on real peoples’ lives. You seem the same argument against same-sex marriage – “They can’t marry, because it’s against my beliefs.” This denies a whole bunch of people the same basic right that these religious fuckheads enjoy, but at the same time if gay people do marry it has absolutely no impact of the lives of these religious bigots.

The same with this case. By withholding needed medication from a patient, this bigot has possibly subjected the woman to goodness knows what, all in the name of keeping her conscious clear with her imaginary friend. Once again, we see this weird ideology where a bunch of cells is more important than the fully developed, functioning person within whom those cells reside. It’s the same ideology that puts more importance on this bunch of cells than what happens once those turn into a new-born baby.

However, there’s something else that we need to take into account here – the Hippocratic Oath. You know, the thing that all doctors are supposed to say when they qualify. Maybe this little bigot had her fingers crossed while she said it. Or maybe it doesn’t count, because it was drawn up by some godless Greek and she’s one of the Blessed Ones.

Either way, the oath has a few pretty clear clauses that should apply here:

I will treat without exception all who seek my ministrations, so long as the treatment of others is not compromised thereby, and I will seek the counsel of particularly skilled physicians where indicated for the benefit of my patient.

I WILL FOLLOW that method of treatment which according to my ability and judgment, I consider for the benefit of my patient and abstain from whatever is harmful or mischievous.

Well, it seems pretty straight-forward.

I can only hope that some sort of sanity prevails over there, and this so-called doctor and any others like her are struck from the the roll (or whatever it is that happens to bad doctors) before we reach a point where they are resorting to prayer over penicillin.

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9 Responses to The Hypocritical Oath

  1. Anonymous says:

    Great article as always Psy.

    This kind of thing should be held up as a permanent counter-argument to people who say “oh, let them have their religion. It doesn’t do anyone any harm.” Well, this and all the discrimination and exploitation throughout history, the systematic abuse of children, and the Pope going to the continent most damaged by AIDS and saying condoms don’t work.

    Actually when you think of it, religion does rather a lot of harm to people… why do we still have it around in the 21st century? We should be well beyond the point of mass delusion and superstition as a species at this point.

    • PsyGremlin says:

      That’s the problem – and something I’ve been trying to hammer into Hurlbut’s brain – whenever they impose their beliefs on others, people who do not share in this belief are directly affected in some way – no gay marriage, no abortions, no contraception, no alcohol, etc.

      However, things like providing abortions or allowing gay marriage has absolutely no impact on their day-to-day lives. Apart from the nagging guilt that their imaginary friend is pissed at them and is going to smite them any day now. But of course, you can’t tell them to stop, because then it’s religious persecution (which, ironically, is exactly what they’re doing.)

      • Anonymous says:

        Yeah they seem to think “religious freedom” means “my religion says I can infringe on your freedoms.”

  2. Chris says:

    I am so fucking enraged by this. Fuck that cunt.

  3. Anonymous says:

    I was going to praise you for going the whole article (which was a very good one, as always) without any gender-specific insults. It seems whenever I’m watching a Youtube video where it’s a woman being criticised, out come the scum in the comments with “bitch”, “slut”, “whore”, e.t.c. And you went the entire article without falling to the temptation. So great work.

    ..And then Chris came along and ruined it. I feel ashamed to have the same arms, eyes, legs, and mouth.

    • PsyGremlin says:

      I dunno. I can sort of sympathize with Chris’ feelings. If this had been some knuckledragging male religious fuckwit doctor, I might have understood his reaction a little more – women being unclean and that whole thing with the apple. But for another woman to act this way, towards a rape victim is utterly reprehensible.You really have to wonder what goes through these peoples’ minds.

      • armondikov says:

        The problem is that “female” doesn’t narrow things down very well as a predictor of behaviour. If you want to predict views on abortion, then religious beliefs will be significantly more useful than gender. The doctor is “religious” first, “female” second in this case. Which is why I’m not surprised that the doctor will have done this “even though they’re female”.

        “You’re female, therefore you should be sympathetic to rape victims” is really no more a good and widely applicable inference than “you’re male, therefore you should be sympathetic to the rapist”.

    • armondikov says:

      The thing about gendered insults is that complaints are only ever made when they’re feminine. If the doctor was male and was referred to as a “dick” or “bastard”, it probably wouldn’t attract anything. Meanwhile, “cunt” is increasingly non-gendered as an insult; I dare you to read anything by Vox Day without thinking “what a total cunt” throughout.

      Though “slut” and “whore” and totally different connotations to “asshole”, “cunt” etc. etc. and so I’m curious as to why those terms would even cross anyone’s mind in this situation. And by extension why Psy – as one of the more enlightened than average internet users – would need praise for avoiding redundant and inappropriate terms. It seems akin to praising him for not succumbing to the temptation to murder and cannibalise a small child while writing the blog.

      • PsyGremlin says:

        ‘It seems akin to praising him for not succumbing to the temptation to murder and cannibalise a small child while writing the blog.”

        Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha! Love it.

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