This Just About Says It All
Best post *ever* on the subject of "doctors' rights to freedom of religion" here.
(Go read it, then come back.)
Your doctor does indeed own you, but only if he (or she) is too infantile to understand that medical care involves another person -- the patient -- whose comfort and right to appropriate medical care does indeed supersede the right to "freedom of religion."
If you know that your religious views preclude you from providing appropriate, legal medical care to all patients (including women of reproductive age) then GET THE HELL OUT OF MEDICINE! You have no business passing yourself off as an American physician.
If you don't like the law of the land (ie legal abortion) go move someplace where your views are enshrined in law. But please, quit inflicting your views on unsuspecting patients under the guise of "freedom of religion."
Now if you want to post your views in your waiting room, on your website and in health plan physician listings, be my guest. Just make sure all patients know about them before they see you. And for chrissakes DO NOT go into Emergency Medicine.
Edit: Yo, TBTAM (The Blog That Ate Manhattan): as soon as you post this on your own blog, I'll delete it from here. But this comment of yours on The Well-Timed Period deserves wider viewing:
Here's what we do (taking a lesson from the anti-choice playbook) :
- Start a website that catalogues practices that don't provide birth control. Make it public, searchable and up to date.
- Picket the offices of docs who don't provide BC.
- "Rescue" women going into that office and refer them to docs who will provide comprehensive care.
- Take out advertisements locally that inform women which docs won't provide them BC. This is not illegal or libelous - it is simply fact