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Old 08-15-2006, 10:37 AM   #1
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Rape victim denied morning after pill

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A Good Samaritan Hospital emergency room doctor refused to give a rape victim a morning-after pill because he said it was against his Mennonite religion.

Rebuffed by the doctor, the woman called her gynecologist, who wrote the prescription. Her local pharmacy told her it was out of the drug and referred her to a sister store in Reading.
The hospital may be religiously affiliated but it also receives federal funding. Furthermore, do we expect rape victims (or their loved ones), who according to their father are:

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The woman who reported the rape was emotionally unable to speak to a reporter
to logically and rationally ascertain that the hospital's doctors might have religious persuasions and therefore they should make the drive to another county, another state, wherever? Is that what we have come to?

And check out this example of compassion in action:

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The former medical director of the hospital said he sees nothing strange about asking a woman from eastern Lebanon County to drive to Reading for a drug.

"People drive to Reading to buy jeans. Even if that were the case, that you had to drive to Reading to get this [prescription], to me that does not rise to a compulsion that you have to pass laws that [doctors] have to do something," Dr. Joe Kearns said.
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Old 08-15-2006, 10:42 AM   #2
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So wrong, she should have been given the pill.
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Old 08-15-2006, 11:02 AM   #3
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Please read the August edition of Jane magazine for an interesting article on South Dakota morals...its titled "THIS COULD BE YOUR STATE - The scary things happening to women's rights in South Dakota are heading your way..."

Doctors no longer prescribing BC products, pharmacists refusing to refill BC orders, no MORNING after pills given...its eyeopening....
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well, hopefully this child will teach the little slut a lesson.

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For that doctor to force his beliefs on the woman, it was almost like he was reducing her to second class status, since he did not consider her rights nor give any compassion to her.


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Please read the August edition of Jane magazine for an interesting article on South Dakota morals...its titled "THIS COULD BE YOUR STATE - The scary things happening to women's rights in South Dakota are heading your way..."

Doctors no longe rprescribing BC products, pharmacists refusing to refill BC orders, no MORNING after pills given...its eyeopening....

What is this? Are they banning birth control as part of a secret government plan to make women have more babies?
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Thankfully, there is a fight being put up in South Dakota.

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Opponents are gathering signatures for a ballot initiative to overturn the law. Republican legislators who voted for South Dakota's ban are attracting both Democratic and Republican campaign challengers. And Republican Gov. Mike Rounds, who signed the bill on March 6, has seen his support drop 20 percent, according to state polls.

If the ballot initiative fails and the law takes effect, the tribal president of the Oglala Sioux Indian Nation in South Dakota--territory that would be immune to the state law--already has vowed to build an abortion clinic on the reservation for all women in the state.
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For that doctor to force his beliefs on the woman, it was almost like he was reducing her to second class status, since he did not consider her rights nor give any compassion to her.


the right of someone to discriminate under the guise of religion shall not be impeded.
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For that doctor to force his beliefs on the woman, it was almost like he was reducing her to second class status, since he did not consider her rights nor give any compassion to her.
Perhaps this is an argument for not allowing religiously based hospitals or doctors of certain faiths or a requirement that to be licensed, the exercise of religion must not interfere with the practice of medicine.

If the discussion is framed in terms of "forcing" one set of beliefs on another, the implication here, right or wrong, is that the doctor must not follow his/her religious beliefs (which is akin to saying that other beliefs should be forced upon the doctor).
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Nobody goes to medical school without a priori knowledge of the scope of the profession.

He could have chosen to practice dermatology, instead he opted for emergency medicine, and it should be obvious to anyone with a functional brain cell that emergency medicine encompasses treating rape victims or people seeking contraceptives.

Too bad for him.

Do no harm. Did he not cause emotional harm and distress to his patient? His patient was not some hypothetical fertilized egg, it was the living, breathing woman in front of him.
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WTF is going on this country?
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that's unbelievable ... practicing a religion doesn't mean to push others to do the same...
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Do no harm. Did he not cause emotional harm and distress to his patient? His patient was not some hypothetical fertilized egg, it was the living, breathing woman in front of him.
Very well said.

I'm truly embarrassed by some of my colleagues "high & mighty" 'tude and lack of knowledge about large-dose hormonal emergency contraception.
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Wow I thought this pill was standard in a rape kit. Honestly I'm surprised a rape victim has to get their own prescription.

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If this was the same story I saw on Good Morning America, and I believe it is (same name of hospital)-the woman's mother was told by a nurse over the phone that it was "against the doctor's religious beliefs" and that they have problems like that with doctors. GMA then had a female doctor on who is a member of a pro-life physicians group who kept insisting it was and is a medical judgment (and also described the possible ways the morning after pill can be considered an abortion agent of some sort, apparently that is her medical opinion) and that physicians are not "vending machines". In my opinion when you take an oath as a physician, your first and primary obligation is to the patient. They can claim all they want that it is a medical judgment, but it really is a moral judgment-at the very least a moral combined with a medical if you want to give the benefit of the doubt in individual cases. If you can't handle doing things that are against your religious, moral, political beliefs then you really have no business being a doctor, a pharmacist, etc.

Attitudes towards rape and rape victims are also intertwined and involved in this whole issue. Why should we have to legislate compassionate assistance for rape victims? It is an outrage, and very sad. The implied question is always there lurking , was this woman really raped.
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[BIf the discussion is framed in terms of "forcing" one set of beliefs on another, the implication here, right or wrong, is that the doctor must not follow his/her religious beliefs (which is akin to saying that other beliefs should be forced upon the doctor). [/B]
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