Rick Moran gets all huffy:
The justification for this outrageously exaggerated, and deliberately falsified charge is that Brown voted for a provision that would allow hospital workers not to inform rape victims of the availability of the “Morning After” pill if their religious convictions prevented them from doing so.
Not exactly – or even remotely similar to – “turning away” rape victims from hospitals but hey! Who’s keeping track, right?
A side note of reality; there has never been a recorded instance of any hospital worker refusing to give the morning after pill to a rape victim if it was requested.
The California Court of Appeals discussed in Brownfield v. Daniel Freeman Memorial Hospital, 256 Cal. Rptr. (1989), whether a health-care giver must inform a patient of medical options that the care-giver morally opposes. In this case, workers in a Catholic hospital refused to inform a rape victim about the “morning-after pill” (diethylstilbestrol) despite the victim’s mother requesting the information, the possibility of a pregnancy, and the need for treatment within 72 hours, because such information conflicted with the institutions’ religious beliefs. The plaintiff did not become pregnant, and the court dismissed the case because there was no compensable injury; the plaintiff did not appeal the dismissal.
Also, Lori Boyer.
Boyer had grabbed her clothes and dashed for her car in the freezing predawn darkness. Yet she’d had the clarity to drive straight to the nearest emergency room — Good Samaritan Hospital in Lebanon, Pennsylvania — to ask for a rape kit and talk to a sexual assault counselor. Bruised and in pain, she grimaced through the pelvic exam. Now, as Boyer watched Martin Gish, M.D., jot some final notes into her chart, she thought of something the rape counselor had mentioned earlier.
“I’ll need the morning-after pill,” she told him.
Dr. Gish looked up. He was a trim, middle-aged man with graying hair and, Boyer thought, an aloof manner. “No,” Boyer says he replied abruptly. “I can’t do that.” He turned back to his writing.
Boyer stared in disbelief. No? She tried vainly to hold back tears as she reasoned with the doctor: She was midcycle, putting her in danger of getting pregnant. Emergency contraception is most effective within a short time frame, ideally 72 hours. If he wasn’t willing to write an EC prescription she’d be glad to see a different doctor. Dr. Gish simply shook his head. “It’s against my religion,” he said, according to Boyer. (When contacted, the doctor declined to comment for this article.)
Boyer left the emergency room empty-handed.
30 seconds in teh Google can be so, what’s the word? Oh, yes: enlightening.