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    I was quite surprised to read that physician's response.  To refuse care to a patient that insults you or is angry with you seems at odds with the rule that the health of one's patient is one's first consideration.  
    Then again, he may have had other reasons for refusing care.  I can understand reluctance to perform procedures on pro-lifers for liability reasons.  Beyond that, I note that the other doctors quoted here were perfectly willing to provide care despite the patient's views.
    I think that to deny abortions to pro-lifers would be unethical.  You'd basically be offering potentially life-saving medical treatment on the condition that someone recants their religious views.

    •  A dilemma for Solomon (6+ / 0-)

      because the other side of the argument is that, in performing an elective abortion procedure for a woman who clearly states that she believes abortion to be premeditated murder, a physician is participating in and enabling her intent to self-inflict a psychological wound that might never heal.

      There is no right or wrong one-size-fits-all answer in these situations. The outcome depends on individual, face-to-face assessment of the woman and of her particular set of circumstances.

      We never like to turn a woman away, but sometimes, for her and for us, it's the only right thing to do.

      The TEA Fund: Practicing random acts of kindness

      by moiv on Sun Jul 22, 2007 at 08:15:37 PM PDT

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