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Oklahoma Doctor Refuses To Provide Rape Kit Or Exam

Posted by Chris Bowen on June 3, 2012

According to a report by Oklahoma’s News 9, a 24 year old woman who went to the hospital after being raped was refused a rape kit or an examination by the doctor in the emergency room (a female) who went to treat the victim.

The mother said she and her daughter did file a police report about the rape. She’s angry that she brought her 24-year-old daughter to the Integris Canadian Valley Hospital emergency room on Sunday, and that the doctor who came in and saw them refused to do any sort of exam or to provide them with any emergency contraceptives.

Not only that, she says the doctor was less than sympathetic when dealing with her daughter, even though she was told she was a victim of a rape.

According to the video, the doctor refused to treat the woman because of her beliefs, and said that upfront. She reportedly received better treatment at Integris Baptist Medical Center in Oklahoma City, which is a 20 minute drive from Canadian Valley Hospital.

Am I the only one who thinks her getting the proper treatment at the hospital with “Baptist” right in the name is a bit ironic?

But more importantly, it’s obviously this woman’s word1 against the doctor’s. But assuming every word she said is true, the doctor is most likely protected; Oklahoma has what’s called the Freedom of Conscience Act, and looking at the language of the bill (available in a .rtf format document), not giving emergency contraception would seem to be under the language of the bill, even if it’s meant to protect against abortion.

However, legal protections mean nothing in a case like this. Any doctor who would willingly not treat the victim of a violent crime because of her conscience does not need to be in health care, full stop. This is health care and science you’re dealing with. Someone’s precious religious beliefs should never determine the kind of treatment they give. This, to me, is as cruel as the parents of a sick child refusing treatment because of their own religious beliefs; either way, the affected person has had their rights taken from them by someone in power. It’s humourous how conservatives yammer on about reducing the government imprint in our lives, and yet they’re perfectly accepting of that same, smaller government taking away the rights of women when they see fit.

But hey, it’s OK, she was probably just wearing a short skirt, right? Bitch probably deserved it. I’m sure some conservatives – who believe in Jesus very strongly, apparently – would make that very point. The people behind the conscience laws are sick people who hide behind the cross.

The hippocratic oath that all doctors take says that “there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.” (CAUTION: sourced from Wikipedia) This woman violated her oath, and her and other doctors who would do the same should be removed from practising medicine.

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