Well, At Least Her Conscience Is Okay

[Content Note: Rape culture; anti-choice medical abuse.]

Annie-Rose at Think Progress: Oklahoma Doctor Refuses to Provide Rape Victim with Emergency Contraception.
An Oklahoma emergency room doctor refused to provide emergency contraception to a 24-year-old female rape victim because the medication violated the health provider's personal beliefs, a local CBS News affiliate reports. The hospital also denied the victim a rape kit, noting that it had no appropriate nurse on staff to administer the test.

"I will not give you emergency contraceptives because it goes against my beliefs," the doctor allegedly told the rape victim and her mother, Rhonda. "She knew my daughter had just been raped. Her attitude was so judgmental and I felt that she was just judging my daughter," Rhonda told the news station.
All perfectly legal, because Oklahoma law "shields providers from offering the perfectly legal medication under a 'conscience clause' which could significantly hinder women's [and other people's] access to contraception services."

The young woman eventually got the emergency contraception and a rape kit at another hospital.

I don't even know what else to say than this: If you seriously believe that your "conscience" is more important than providing healthcare to a rape victim, you are a failure as a doctor and an asshole as a person, and you need to find another job. That's it and that's all.

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