You're a Doctor, You treat EVERYBODY!
Nothing makes me sicker than someone hiding behind their religion when it comes time to take responsibility for their discriminatory actions. I can't stand it when religious haters do it so they can continue to persecute homosexuals, but I absolutely will not tolerate it when a doctor, nurse, pharmacist, paramedic or ambulance driver believes that they have the right to refuse medication, treatment or emergency care if it conflicts with their religious beliefs. I know the fascist homophobic theocratic government of this country has said this kind of behavior is ok, it is absolutely not - no questions asked. You can read a really long story about it here. Trust me, there is never, ever a time when this is ok. You can wrap it in all the religious freedom you like, but when you take on a job of healing people, you do not get to decide who is worthy of treatment and who isn't. Here is the Declaration of Geneva - the oath for medical practitioners since 1948 and designed in light of the medical crimes committed by Nazi's during WWII. You remember the Nazi's don't you, they were also a fascist homophobic group with a single-minded philosophy that beat down or persecuted anyone who didn't fit their ideals and values (woo sounds a little to similar doesn't it?)
The Declaration of Geneva reads:
- At the time of being admitted as a member of the medical profession:
- I solemnly pledge myself to consecrate my life to the service of humanity;
- I will give to my teachers the respect and gratitude which is their due;
- I will practice my profession with conscience and dignity;
- The health of my patient will be my first consideration;
- I will respect the secrets which are confided in me, even after the patient has died;
- I will maintain by all the means in my power, the honor and the noble traditions of the medical profession;
- My colleagues will be my sisters and brothers;
- I will not permit considerations of age, disease or disability, creed, ethnic origin, gender, nationality, political affiliation, race, sexual orientation, or social standing to intervene between my duty and my patient;
- I will maintain the utmost respect for human life from its beginning even under threat and I will not use my medical knowledge contrary to the laws of humanity;
- I make these promises solemnly, freely and upon my honor.