MI Doctor refuses to treat baby of lesbian couple, claims religious freedom
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Krista and Jami Contreras were married in Vermont in 2012 and had their first bundle of joy back in October, 2014. But before they could celebrate to the fullest, they faced the disapproval of their local pediatrician.
The Contreras had little baby Bay in their home, and were referred to Dr. Vesna Roi at Eastlake Pediatrics outside Detroit, MI. Their midwife had recomended the Dr., and everything was fine until their first check up came 6 days after birth.
When they went to the pediatrition’s office, a differnt Dr. greeted them.
“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 FoxDetroit.
MI, much like most of the rest of the country, has no laws barring discrimination against sexual orientation – in fact many states are working to do the opposite and give doctors, lawyers, and everyone else who owns a business the right to deny any and all services to LGBTQ people.
Here in Virginia, Del. Bob Marshall, a vocal anti-gay elected official and co-author of the state’s 2006 ban on same-sex marriage, tried to pass a law which would allow such discrimination.
His bill failed to make it out of a House Committee and didn’t even get support from the conservative Family Foundation.
But back in Detroit, little baby Bay is healthy and fine, but her two moms are not too pleased with the treatment they received.
“When we started calling other pediatricians my first thing on the phone was, we’re lesbian moms – is this okay with you,” Krista said.
Four months later, after Contreras shared her story on social media, Dr. Roi sent the couple a letter explaining her regret about the way she informed them she couldn’t treat their baby, but not apologizing for doing so.
The letter read:
“After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that i would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationships that I normally do with my patients.”
“We do not keep prenatal information once we have our meetings so I had no way to contact you.“
“I should have spoken with you directly that day,” and “please know that I believe that God gives us free choice and I would never judge anyone based on what they do with that free choice.“
Some might ask how a doctor could be allowed to deny treatment to anyone. While the American Medical Association says a doctor cannot deny treatment to someone based on sexual orientation, it also states they can refuse treatment if it is “incompatible with their personal, religious or moral beliefs.”
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