Tuesday, April 05, 2005

 

What's next: "We reserve the right"?

Right-wing Christians, flush with their electoral success and secure in their domination of the Republican Party, feel invincible, verging onto hubristic. Not content with their progress to date, they are insisting upon making the most of their temporary suzerainty by pushing the hardest of hard-right agendas. One of their current goals is to "free" doctors and pharmacists from the terrible burden of having to treat patients or prescribe drugs that violate the poor little darlings' horribly affronted consciences. There are bills in state legislatures and in Congress that would permit physicians to refuse to treat any patient they don't want to (cough, gays) and to let pharmacists refuse, for example, to dispense prescribed birth control pills to an unmarried woman.

Doctors and pharmacists are licensed by the states in which they practice. Almost all of them received their professional degrees at state-supported institutions. They take an oath to treat everyone regardless of circumstances. Doctors can't refuse to treat the lung cancer of lifelong smokers. Surgeons can't refuse to operate on the cirrhosis-scarred livers of alcoholics. Pharmacists have a public duty, whether they like it or not. Permitting narrow-minded conceptions of "morality" to govern who will treat whom, will lead to extraordinary unfairness and chaos.

People's lives are at stake here. Steven Alden is lying when he says, "When there are pharmacies in almost every supermarket and big box retailer, a woman who encounters an objecting pharmacist usually needs only to go across the street to find one willing to serve her" - there are large parts of America where this is simply not true.

And where does it end? Crystal meth is invading the Red States - should liberal doctors refuse to treat addicts from Kansas?

If a Christian doctor can refuse to treat a gay man, can he next refuse to treat Muslims and Jews? Is there nothing at which the fulsomely triumphant right wing will gag and turn away from?

In the 1950s and 1960s, Southerners would frequently put signs up on the doors of their stores and restaurants saying, "We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone" - "anyone" meaning, of course, niggers. Are we headed back in that direction? We're already re-fighting battles we thought we'd won over the environment, occupational safety, and women's rights. Must we head down a path likely to resurrect the bad old days of Jim Crow? Or do conservative Christians really think those were the bad old days? Is that what this is about - white-power nostalgia for American apartheid?
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There are bills in state legislatures and in Congress that would permit physicians to refuse to treat any patient they don't want to (cough, gays)...

The target's not gays (at least, not specifically), but anyone who ever went to court for any reason and might be a risk for a medical action.

Just another prong of the "lawyers cause health care prices to rise" thesis, but this one is intended to empower the databases of "lawsuit risks" and add yet another hurdle to leap over before getting medical assistance.
 
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There are bills in state legislatures and in Congress that would permit physicians to refuse to treat any patient they don't want to (cough, gays)...

The target's not gays (at least, not specifically), but anyone who ever went to court for any reason and might be a risk for a medical action.

Just another prong of the "lawyers cause health care prices to rise" thesis, but this one is intended to empower the databases of "lawsuit risks" and add yet another hurdle to leap over before getting medical assistance.
 
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