The Washington Post is reporting the appalling story of a Michigan pediatrician who is refusing to care for a 4-month-old baby girl because her parents are lesbian.
“The first thing Dr. Karam said was, ‘I’ll be your doctor, I’ll be seeing you today because Dr. Roi decided this morning that she prayed on it and she won’t be able to care for Bay,’ ” Jami told WJBK. “Dr. Karam told us she didn’t even come to the office that morning because she didn’t want to see us.”
The doctor later apologized for not coming in to the office that day, but made no apologies for her bigotry.
The American Medical Association is firmly against denying care to patients because of their sexual orientation (let alone because of their parents’ sexual orientation), but unfortunately there’s little likelihood of any professional censure.
Ethically speaking, the American Medical Association takes a strong stance against denying care to people because of their sexual orientation — and it is reasonable to assume, the sexual orientation of their parents.
But their ethical guidance is just that: Guidance. Doctors aren’t bound by it.
And the law isn’t much help either.
There’s no federal law prohibiting doctors or any other service providers or merchants from refusing service to gay people. And in Michigan, there’s no state law prohibiting it either.
So as it stands right now, someone else is going to have to care for this little baby girl. The couple’s first choice for a pediatrician carefully and thoughtfully prayed to the same-sex union of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and they all told her that same sex unions were evil.