Filed under: Health in the MediaThe issue over whether pharmacists have to dispense medicine that may go against their religious or moral beliefs (such as early contraception or birth control pills) has been widely publicized. But what hasn't been talked about much is that fact that doctor's, too, can withhold certain types of care or prescriptions if their patients choices differ from their own beliefs.
It's a hotly debated issue on both sides and where the line should be drawn remains unclear. The doctors in question say that their morals matter despite their occupation, and they shouldn't have to feel bad about the choices they make at work each day. Critics say that those who suffer the most are often women and that by not offering treatment, doctors are being unfair. Though abortion would be the obvious and hot-button issue here, there are many, often surprising, services the doctors in question won't provide. One example in the article involved a doctor who wouldn't give a woman -- who was adopting internationally -- a physical, because he believed children should have two parents.
Read more about the issue here, then leave a comment telling us what you think. Should doctors put their personal beliefs aside for their patients, or should patients research their doctors thoroughly before their appointment to make sure they've chosen a good match?