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Florida doctor's office prescribes 'ex-gay' treatment

Some licenses need to be revoked in this case. There’s nothing else to it. (Daytona Beach News-Journal):

A 36-year-old lesbian has filed a state complaint against a doctor and physician’s assistant alleging she was given literature condemning homosexuality as “sinful and sexually impure” after a routine appointment.

Jamie Beiler, formerly of Kissimmee, saw physician’s assistant Dawn Pope-Wright on March 11, 2005, for a bronchitis checkup because her normal doctor was on vacation, according to a Jan. 27 complaint filed with the Division of Medical Quality Assurance. Beiler’s sexuality was noted in her medical file, but unmentioned during the appointment, her lawyers said.

When she opened up an envelope Pope-Wright left at the checkout counter, she was shocked to find photocopied pages including Bible verses that denounced homosexuality and asserted God can help her change. “The information that Ms. Pope-Wright gave to Ms. Beiler was derogatory and offensive, and completely disrespected her right to dignity and privacy,” the complaint says.


From the National Center for Lesbian Rights

Also named in the complaint is Dr. John R. Hartman, who allegedly deflected Beiler’s concerns when she complained to the office.

The article notes that Hartman hasn’t commented to the press and the office says that Pope-Wright no longer worked there — she also hasn’t commented on the matter. The complaints have been filed with Florida Department of Health and CIGNA Healthcare.

Shakes Sis unloads on this:

Pharmacists who refuse to dispense certain drugs to women, teachers who refuse to hang up LGBT tolerance posters in their classrooms, doctors who want to right to refuse to treat gay patients, a physician’s assistant who hands out condemning literature to a lesbian patient…all in the name of Christianity. They use their religion as a weapon and a shield, and worse yet as a trump card to jusitfy any and all manner of exclusion, judgment, and oppression, and the rest of us are expected to respect it.

Fuck that.

I don’t give a good goddamn why someone believes in inequality, or what their rationale is. Telling me “I’m a Christian and my god says so” will evoke precisely the same amount of respect for such a position as “A flying bear told me gays are bad during a gnarly peyote trip.” In other words, NONE.

Spot-on, bloggrrl.

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