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Well isn’t this something: An opinion released last November by the ethics committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is coming under scrutiny.

“Among other things, it says physicians “have the duty to refer patients in a timely manner to other providers if they do not feel they can in conscience provide the standard reproductive services that patients request.””

And by “standard reproductive services,” they mean everything from abortion referrals to emergency contraception to regular birth control pills. Allowing doctors with ethical qualms about birth control to make referrals seems like a good compromise, but what if they’re in a rural area with no doctors nearby? What if the woman’s insurance doesn’t cover the other doctor? What if she doesn’t have insurance? What if she had to take time off work and get day care for her kids to go to that doctor’s appointment, and going to another one would be a financial hardship? What if she needs the pill for a non-pregnancy related medical condition?

How about the fact that these people shouldn’t have gone into gynecology if they are morally outraged about medical services nearly all women use at some point in their lives? And seriously, there’s no real reason to believe these doctors would even give referrals. Take this guy:

“I’m not going to refer someone to a hit man to put to death someone that’s inconvenient in their life,” says Joseph DeCook, a retired Ob/Gyn from Holland, Mich., and vice-president of the American Association of Pro-life Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “I wouldn’t do that. This is the very same thing. I’m not going to refer a pregnant woman to a physician who will purposefully terminate her pregnancy — better known as purposefully kill the unborn child. I’m just not going to do it.”

If a bunch of Jehovah’s Witnesses became surgeons and then refused to allow blood transfusions on their patients, instead saying they’d refer them, would anyone be sympathetic?

I had a somewhat unpleasant experience trying to get Plan B, and while that was frustrating and humiliating, I can’t imagine what it would be like to go to my gynecologist and have him refuse to prescribe me birth control. There should be a do-not-patronize list of these doctors on the internet somewhere so it’d be easier to avoid them.


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