Welcome to Oklahoma! I want you all to know about a nice law in this state called the Conscience Clause, before we start. The conscience clause allows doctors in the state of Oklahoma to refuse medical treatment if the treatment violates their religious beliefs.
Now between that note and the title, I imagine you can see where this is going.
A 24-year-old woman was raped in Oklahoma. Her and her mother filed a police report and then did the next logical step: Headed to the hospital. It was here where things got sticky–no, no…rape story, no sex puns. Where things got…really messed up.
The doctor refused to give the woman emergency contraceptives, and the recently-raped woman’s mother even stated that she felt the doctor blamed her daughter for being raped.
Thanks to the conscience clause, the doctor was totally within her rights to refuse treatment to the rape victim.
What’s worse is that…they refused to give use a ‘rape kit’, a test that determines the validity of a rape and can acquire DNA evidence to try to track down the rapist, because no nurse trained in its usage was on duty at the time. Why is a hospital allowed to have no rape kit trained nurses on duty, at any time? With how much money hospitals makes they should have every nurse on duty trained in rape kit usage; budget cuts, or not. Not to mention the victim’s mother claimed the doctor wouldn’t refer the victim to another hospital where they could get a rape kit done and try to get the EC.
So the victim and her mother went to another hospital where they got the rape kit, and presumably the emergency contraception (all of the stories I’ve read omit any news on that part, so I don’t know for sure). I’ll bet a dollar that the doctor still bills the poor girl for ‘treatment‘ (or lack thereof).
I’m going be totally honest, this pisses me off. What kind of useless country are we living in where this is acceptable? If you are a certified doctor, especially in a hospital emergency room, you should be held to do anything to help a patient; much less a rape victim.
People like this doctor need to be dragged out in the street and euthanized, they do not deserve to live. She has no human qualities to her, clearly; as far as I’m concerned she’s as much to blame as the rapist, if not more so. We can give the rapist the benefit of the doubt…maybe he’s mentally challenged, off his meds, or just otherwise not a toal douchebag that should be eviscerated with a dull spoon. Unlikely, but benefit of the doubt. But the doctor? A doctor is supposed to be someone you can trust. Trust with your life, literally. I wouldn’t trust this woman to watch my seat while I used the restroom, she’d probably donate it to the Pope while I was taking a piss!
Why are we fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan, when they run the country here at home? That’s what these people are. The Ultra-Conservative Republicans like Rick Santorum, Rush Limbaugh. and Ted Nugent. They started a war with the Taliban even though they agree with Taliban beliefs 9/10 times; but they won’t admit it, because their very similar beliefs come from different books.
And you know what else? They’re incredibly hypocritical, too. In the past few weeks we’ve had a Christian pastor say you should abuse your children for being gay, even if they aren’t really gay and just act outside of their gender stereotype; we’ve had a pastor say we should arrest and detain homosexuals in death camps without trial; there was another pastor who said that he’d really like to kill all the homosexuals, although he at least admitted Christ would be displeased with that idea.
Then on top of that we have a Republican Congressman’s aide saying that you should throw acid in Democratic women’s faces, and now a Christian-Psychotic doctor refuses to treat a rape victim, judges her for being raped, and has a law to back her up so she gets away with it all, too?
But if I were to sit here and type into this post something like, “Liberal men of Oklahoma, I call upon you to track down this doctor and rape her!” I’d be considered the bad guy. It’s okay to rape, unlawfully detain, and even murder if it’s in the name of God. But if it’s in the name of humanity and common decency, then I’m just a nutcase, right?
Fuck Ultra-Conservatives, Fuck Christian-Psychos, and Fuck American Talibanners. And y’know what? Fuck ’em against their will, they seem to support that kind of thing.