Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Another Victory for Sanity

Via Shakesville:

California’s highest court on Monday barred doctors from invoking their religious beliefs as a reason to deny treatment to gays and lesbians, ruling that state law prohibiting sexual orientation discrimination extends to the medical profession.

Justice Joyce Kennard wrote that two Christian fertility doctors who refused to artificially inseminate a lesbian have neither a free speech right nor a religious exemption from the state’s law, which “imposes on business establishments certain antidiscrimination obligations.”

I concur with Melissa’s conclusion: do the job you were hired to do or get out of the profession. If you have moral qualms with dealing people you don’t like, then you should have thought about that before you got into the business, especially if you’re a doctor.

What I find especially disturbing with this mindset is that these “Christian” doctors put their own religious beliefs before their medical practice. That is completely backwards. Doctors treat the patient first. Period. You can refuse to perform illegal medical acts and you can refuse to prescribe treatment that you believe is against the medical interests of the patient or his life, but that’s it. And if you’re a doctor and you don’t understand that, then I have serious doubts about your qualifications as both a medical practitioner and as a human being.