Tuesday, July 25, 2006 BY TOM BOWMAN AND DIANA FISHLOCK
Of The Patriot-News
LEBANON - 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 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.
Quote from Roy Fokker
I am not required to help in the facilitation of moral sin anymore than I am required to commit it.
Isn't this just one step away from forcing Doctors to perform abortions as well? Not that it matters - contraception is just as sinful as abortion.
[evil]END DEVIL'S ADVOCATE[/evil]
Ok, I'll play. If you are a healthcare provider then you are required to "help in the facilitation of moral sin" to the extent of getting another healthcare provider to meet the needs of the patient. For example, let's consider Jehova's Witness nurses and refusing to hang blood on a patient because of their personal beliefs. If they do refuse they must get another practitioner to do this NOW with no harm to the patient or do it themselves. It is not the patients' problem that his/her practitioner has certain religious/moral beliefs.
If a healthcare provider cannot or will not get another provider to provide the generally accepted treatment for a patient then they need to work in an environment that does not present such dilemmas or get out of healthcare.
We are already showing respect for the practitioner's beliefs by allowing them to refuse. It is showing respect for the patient's legal and moral right to treatment as they choose to get another provider to provide the treatment.
Last edit by Multicollinearity on Jul 25, '06