No Doctor In The House

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Registered: 09-25-2008
No Doctor In The House
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Fri, 12-05-2008 - 10:27pm

Will there come a day when a doctor cannot operate his/her business with his/her conscience?

Sheila~
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Registered: 03-28-2003
Sat, 12-06-2008 - 10:41am

As long as said doctor has a *private* business, is UPFRONT with all patients and does not work in a public hospital or public clinic, said doctor should be allowed to let his/her conscience dictate what procedures will or will not be performed.

If said doctor is working with the general public, then NO. The greater good of the people must be served, not the doctors personal religion or belief.

It's when said doctors/pharmacists/cab drivers/etc are attempting to force their "conscience" into the lives of others that the problems arise.

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Registered: 02-18-2006
Sat, 12-06-2008 - 12:30pm

Doctors who do not have private practices have NEVER had any right to run their businesses within the whims of their own personal opinions, and they never should.

Pediatricians have been sued, and rightly so, for refusing to treat children of parents who were not Christian. Another doctor was rightly sued for treating a woman for more than a year with fertility drugs, then immediately ceasing and refusing to continue when he discovered she was a lesbian. Any doctor turning away a black person should be sued out of business. Any doctor "suffering not a witch to live" should be tried as a criminal.

Doctors treating the public should never, ever be permitted to discriminate based on their personal opinion. They have not been permitted to before, and they had damned well better not start.





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Registered: 02-22-2007
Tue, 12-09-2008 - 5:59pm

Actually, I think that even the private doctor is obligated to operate within the bounds of his/her license... and the bounds of the laws governing the state/locality in which s/he practices, even if those laws bump up against his/her conscience. As I've said before about this issue and have said again, if you don't want to do what's required of you in a particular profession, that's probably not the profession for you.

Aside from that small detail I agree with what you said. :-)


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