Michigan Doctor Refuses to Treat Child of Lesbian Couple

Michigan Doctor Refuses to Treat Child of Lesbian Couple February 20, 2015

In case you aren’t feeling sufficiently enraged at the moment, I assure you that you will be after reading this. A doctor here in Michigan has refused to care for the child of a lesbian couple after she prayed about it and God apparently told her, “Fuck that baby, it’s her fault her parents are gay.”

Last September when the expectant mothers first met Dr. Vesna Roi at Eastlake Pediatrics in Roseville. She was recommended by their midwife.

“We were really happy with her,” Krista said. “The kind of care she offered, we liked her personality, she seemed pretty friendly. She seemed pretty straight up with us.”

The Contrerasas were told to make an appointment with Roi once Bay arrived. The baby was born at home and when she was six days old – they went in.

But instead of seeing Dr. Roi, another doctor greeted them.

“The first thing Dr. Karam said was ‘I’ll be your doctor, I’ll be seeing you today because Dr. Roi decided this morning that she prayed on it and she won’t be able to care for Bay,” Jami said.

“Dr. Karam told us she didn’t even come to the office that morning because she didn’t want to see us.”…

Still upset, the new moms shared their story on social media. People started calling Eastlake Pediatrics to share their alarm. On Feb. 9, nearly four months after the appointment – the Contreras family finally received this letter from Roi.

The letter read:

“After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that i would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationships that I normally do with my patients.”

“We do not keep prenatal information once we have our meetings so I had no way to contact you.”

She apologizes, saying, “I should have spoken with you directly that day,” and “please know that I believe that God gives us free choice and I would never judge anyone based on what they do with that free choice.”

I hope all of this doctor’s other patients write her similar letters. “After much thoughtful consideration, I feel that we will not be able to continue the doctor-patient relationship with you because you’re a fucking bigot.”

Unfortunately, this is entirely legal in Michigan. There are no protections against discrimination against gay people in this state. Had it been an emergency situation, that would be different. A doctor cannot refuse to treat a patient in a medical emergency for any reason. But in this situation, it’s entirely legal. But I would sure hope the AMA would have something to say about. Apparently, though, their standards are contradictory:

As it turns out, Roi has free choice too – the American Medical Association says physicians cannot refuse to care for patients based on sexual orientation, but doctors can refuse treatment if it’s incompatible with their personal, religious or moral beliefs.

That’s a nifty bit of doubletalk.

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