Sunday, March 27, 2005

Nice, Doctor - While I'm Down Here Trying To Save This Man's Life, You're Up There Making Fart Jokes

Ohhh, I could go off on a rant about this for fucking hours:
Doctors or other health care providers could not be disciplined or sued if they refuse to treat gay patients under legislation passed Wednesday by the Michigan House.

The bill allows health care workers to refuse service to anyone on moral, ethical or religious grounds.

The Republican dominated House passed the measure as dozens of Catholics looked on from the gallery. The Michigan Catholic Conference, which pushed for the bills, hosted a legislative day for Catholics on Wednesday at the state Capitol.

The bills now go the Senate, which also is controlled by Republicans.

The Conscientious Objector Policy Act would allow health care providers to assert their objection within 24 hours of when they receive notice of a patient or procedure with which they don't agree. However, it would prohibit emergency treatment to be refused.
The basic rules of doctoring say "First, do no harm". They don't say, "First, determine if the patient lives up to what you say is your moral code".

They -- the Republican scumbags pushing this -- are trying to deny treatment to gays. This much is blatant. But it goes way the hell beyond that. Moral, ethical, or religious grounds means that if you think someone is a slut because she's a single mom, or a criminal because they've been to prison and paid their debt to society but people don't really change do they, or a Catholic or a Muslim or a Baptist when you're a Protestant or a Jew or an agnostic... it would be legal for them to deny you medical treatment.

This is fucking evil.

Here's the site to contact Michigan state legislators. Give 'em the business.

Maybe I'll stop treating Republicans, I'd sleep better at night. I can't believe this bill will survive the courts. Then again, up is down. On the other hand, maybe this, and the disaster in Fla, is their last hurrah.
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