Jerk Of The Week. (We would love to use a stronger term but this is a family site)

Posted: March 1, 2015 in Fight Back, for your reflection, jerk of the week

A story of a bigot.

A Doctor who refuses service to a baby because the parents are lesbians. We thought we had heard it all then this.

Dr. Vesna Roi

“Notice it’s always the people who say “I would never judge anyone” or I have nothing against gay people” who actually do judge and who do have something against them.”

A pediatrician in Michigan discriminated against a six-day-old baby because the baby’s parents are lesbian. Krista and Jami Contreras made an appointment for their newborn at Eastlake Pediatrics. But when they showed up, Dr. Vesna Roi, whom they had requested, was not there. Another doctor informed them that Dr. Roi had “prayed on it,” and decided she could not care for their baby.

Michigan does not have a law to prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, so there was nothing the mothers could do.

In fact, Michigan Republicans are trying to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), which would protect the bigoted actions of Dr. Roi and enshrine discrimination in law.

The American Medical Association explicitly prohibits such discrimination by doctors, and American Academy of Pediatrics “is opposed to discrimination in the care of any patient on the basis of race, ethnicity, ancestry, national origin, religion, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, immigration status, or disability of the patient or patient’s parent(s) or guardian(s),” according to MLive, a website for several Michigan news outlets.

But Michigan, like most states, allows business to withhold services on the basis of sexual orientation.

Most businesses are considered “public accommodations,” meaning that they are open to the public, and are required to follow certain rules. At a federal level, traits like gender and race are protected, but sexual orientation is not. Only a handful of states have added sexual orientation to the list of bases on which a business cannot discriminate, as explained in the video below:

For a video of the couple and their happy baby see Pediatrician refuses to treat newborn daughter of lesbian couple.

Yeah folks so let those wedding bells ring, we go so many other battles to fight.

This doctor must be stopped. These Religious Freedom Acts must be stopped.
A pediatrician in Michigan discriminated against a six-day-old baby whose parents are lesbian. A bill…




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