Green GP refuses to help women have large families
DR PIPPA HAYES, a Devon GP, has a conscientious objection. She believes couples should restrict their families to two children - and says she would not help to provide fertility treatment for women who want to have exceptionally large families.
Hayes, who underwent sterilisation after the birth of her second son, despite wanting a daughter, believes that large families place an insupportable burden on the planet’s resources. She states her beliefs on the website of her Exeter-based practice.
This weekend she said she would formally decline to help certain patients.
“If a mother of four came to me and said, ‘Will you refer me for fertility treatment so that I can have a fifth baby’, I would say, ‘Sorry, this is something which is against my beliefs, but I suggest you go and see one of my partners’. I believe I would have a right to be a conscientious objector if it happened.”
Now, a few days ago I saw a story* from the UK that a Baptist visiting nurse is being disciplined for offering to pray for her patients.
But apparently this eco-OB-GYN feels free to “impose his beliefs” on his patients.
What if a woman were pregnant with her fifth child w/o fertility treatment, would he still refuse to treat her?
Would it be admirable if a Christian doctor refused fertility treatments to an unmarried couple or a lesbian couple because it’s “against his beliefs”?
[FONT=Verdana][size=2]*I originally didn’t post the story about the nurse because it is from the Telegraph and our friends from the other side say it’s a rag & I shouldn’t believe anything in it. [/FONT][/size]