Thursday, May 31, 2012

Oklahoma Woman Raped, Doctor and Nurse Refuse Emergency Contraception.

That's prolly what Jesus would do: deny help to a victim of severe ultra-violence. 
Cuz that's just how the Prince of Peace rolled.
This article yesterday from Raw Story shows the logical outcome of the extremists' nationwide war on women in the real-world:

An Oklahoma mother brought her daughter to a local hospital after she was raped only to be turned away and refused help by a doctor, purportedly because the hospital lacked the staff to properly process the victim's claims and injuries. Welcome to the reality of processing sexual assault crimes in GOP-land. 
The young woman asked the doctor whether or not emergency contraceptives were available and whether the doctor was simply refusing to provide them. The nurse told her “I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my belief.” The doctor refused to help her, even though she had just been raped, and refused to find another doctor to help her. 
This is happening. Now. In this country. Missouri just passed a similar law last week.  Kansas‘s law goes into effect on July 1. Rape victims are treated as subhuman based solely upon the purportedly religious conscience of those who have an ethical duty to provide medical care.  Doctors personal beliefs now trump their ethical duties as medical professionals, and their moral duties as human beings.
Outraged yet? Hard not to be--unless you're one of far-out crazies who think that a nurse and doctor denying a raped woman medical assistance makes sense. At what point do we say "Enough!"? The woman was raped.  It's getting crazy in this country. But apparently this is legal. According to Think Progress:
According to the victim’s mother, Rhonda, the doctor at the hospital not only refused to help her, but did not get another doctor to provide them the medication. Emergency contraception’s effectiveness diminishes over time, and is most effective when taken immediately. The doctor, however, was shielded from providing the perfectly legal medication because of Oklahoma’s "conscience clause." 
And not only does she not get the medical attention she deserved, but the snarky "religious" medical workers--a nurse and doctor--refused to help her based on their right to refuse contraception based on their religious beliefs:

She was treating my daughter like she had done something wrong. My daughter said 'is it you who won't give [emergency contraception] to me? Do you have them here and you just won't give them to me?' And she said, 'That's right. I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my beliefs." 

What was that Hypocritical Oath phrase? First, do no wrong, unless Jesus told you to. Oh, no, sorry, my bad, I was thinking of the Hippocratic Oath.

Click to watch the news report here.


  1. I like the Hiippocratic Oath line best.

  2. First,there are "emergency" treatments that do not cause the death of a fertilized egg. They act by preventing pregnancy instead of ending it.
    Second,an assault victim needs more than legal redress and/or sermonizing. Did this young girl get treatment for injuries,possible STD's or psychological trauma?
    Third,did these "conscientious objectors" try to confine their work to cases that would not involve moral challenges such as rape,termination of life support,etc. ? ER's deal with tough calls every day with triage alone. Those who aren't prepared to live their faith AND heal those in need might look for cases that offer fewer dilemmas. A toddler with a grape up his nose or an elderly lady with constipation will appreciate an application of skill to relieve their suffering and are less likely ask more of our healers' souls than they are prepared to give.