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.