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Monday, July 24, 2006

SEEKING MEDICAL CARE, AND REFUSED




Desperate to have a baby, Guadalupe Benitez was hoping her next try would finally work. So Benitez was stunned when a crucial moment arrived in her cycle and her fertility clinic refused to do the insemination procedure.

"I was in tears," said Benitez, 34, of Oceanside, Calif. "I wanted to me a mom. I was in a panic."

The clinic told Benitez, who is gay, that staff members were uncomfortable about treating her because of their religious values.

***This is what the Bush administration is allowing to happen now! Eberyone isn't the same religion as he is and this goes against this women's rights!

"I couldn't believe what I was hearing. It was almosr surreal," Benitez said. "It was so upsetting."

Benitez eventually conceived a boy, then twin girls, with the help of another specialist. But she sued the clinic and two of its doctors in 2001, charging discrimination.

"The psychological scars are still with me," said Benitez, whose case is before the California Supreme Court. "I grew up in a very religious family. But I don't think that religion tells you you can judge other people."

***That's all that these religious right wing-nuts do. They judge people instead of looking at themselves!


SHOCK, ANGER AT PHARMACY

Patients around the country describe similar experiences---being shocked, judged, humiliated, frightened and angered when they have encountered health-care workers who are overt in some religious beliefs.

Sometimes providers proselytize gay or unmarried patients to provide care. Sometimes they refuse to fill prescriptions for birth control or morning-after pills but refer patients elsewhere. Other times they refuse to treat them at all.

Many patients decline to be identified because the refusals occur at deeply personal, often traumatic moments, such as the point of discontinuing care for a dying loved one.

***There isn't any religion out there that I know of that doesn't have the commandment of "Thou shall not kill!" These people are not God and shouldn't decide when someone dies. Did they ever think about that? What type of a religion is this that tells you to "kill?" It's surely not a christian religion!

But some patients agreed to be interviewed, including Deb, who was turned away by pharmacist Gene Herr at a drug store in Denton, Texas, in 2004, when she tried to get the morning-after pill after being raped on a date. She discussed her experience with a reporter for the first time on the condition that her last name not be used.

"It was almost like I was being raped again," said Deb, who had already tried 2 other pharmacies. "I couldn't believe someone could do something violent and then I couldn't have a choice about what to do about it. The horror of what I went through was almost as bad as the first assault. It was like twisting a knife in the wound."

***This is definitely unconstitutional! I hope like hell she sues the pants off of these pharmacists. Both civily and then criminally. They are domestic terrorists!

Deb, who describes herself as "more pro-life than pro-choice," finally got the prescription. She did not get pregnant, but she remains shaken.

"I didn't feel like I had to be burdened by being possibly pregnant after being violently attacked," she said. "I don't think it should be a pharmacist's choice to make the decision about who should receive the medication and when."


MISTAKEN ASSUMPTIONS

Cynthia Copeland also had a run-in with a pharmacist in 2004. He wrongly assumed she was planning an abortion because she had a prescription for a drug that can be used for that purpose. In fact, Copeland had already had undergone a procedure to remove a fetus that had no pulse, and she needed the drug to complete the process.

"I was sitting there in the drugstore waiting and heard the pharmacist say really loudly, "I refuse to participate in an abortion,' said Copeland, 39, who lives near Los Angeles. "I felt so violated. The miscarriage was about grief, and that was made public in a way that really compounded my grief."

***This pharmacist doesn't sound very competent does he? He should have known that that medication had multiple uses instead of assuming!

In April Medeiros's case, a doctor refused to send her records to a clinic where she sought an abortion last summer after discovering the fetus she was carrying had severe deformities. He also called her at home to try to persuade her to continue the pregnancy.

"I think he should leave his personal opinion out of it," said Medeiros, 31, of Fall River, Mass. "It was a hard enough situation as it was. He just made it so much more difficult."


'A HORRIBLE FEEL'

Cherly Bray, 42, a real estate broker in Encinitas, Calif., was flabbergasted that a family practitioner turned her away when she sought a routine physical needed to adopt a baby from Mexico. The doctor said he objected to a single woman's adopting a child.

"He said something about how, according to his religious beliefs, children should have two parents," said Bray, whose complaint against the doctor earlier this year was dismissed by the state medical board. "I was under a tight deadline. I started crying. I cried in his office, and then I went back to my car and cried for a long time before I could drive home."

Bray found another doctor to do the physical and adopted the baby girl. But she said the experience still reverberates.

"I didn't know what discrimination felt like before," Bray said. "But...now I know. It's a horrible feeling."

***These are the christian right fundamentalists that need to find a different line of work if their religious beliefs are so strong. These are some of the worst people on the face of this earth. (This does not include those Christians that actually believe in God's words). These are very weak minded people who have let the fundamentalists get into their heads. They must have had awful childhoods to have become this as adults. Now they are seeking revenge on everyone who doesn't think like them. These are some of the most un-christianlike people that exist today, but yet think they are following the path of Jesus! Their Jesus is not the same Jesus that I know! My Jesus would have told us to respect other people and help them, not make them feel like they are unwanted. I don't get mad at people like them though, I feel sorry for them. They are living in a world of their own and are in deep need of psychiatric help!

Source of Info: The Washington Post
Rob Stein
July 16, 2006




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