Friday, April 29, 2005

Steaming, reeking piles of hypocrisy

Here's the Denver Post:

Imagine two rape victims taken to the same hospital emergency room. Imagine them put in adjoining examination rooms.

Let's say they have identical injuries.

Presume everything about them is the same except for where they are in their menstrual cycles.

Do they deserve access to the same medical treatment?

At most Catholic hospitals in Colorado, they can't get it.

The protocol of six Catholic hospitals run by Centura calls for rape victims to undergo an ovulation test.

If they have not ovulated, said Centura corporate spokeswoman Dana Berry, doctors tell the victims about emergency contraception and write prescriptions for it if the patient asks.

If, however, the urine test suggests that a rape victim has ovulated, Berry continued, doctors at Centura's Catholic hospitals are not to mention emergency contraception. That means the victim can end up pregnant by her rapist.

If it strikes you as weird that two rape victims could receive such different medical treatment in the same ER, get on the phone to your state representative and senator.

You see the argument they're making? Only a tiny fraction of rape victims will not be told about emergency contraception! The fact that this tiny fraction is the fraction most likely to NEED emergency contraception? Well, it would be a sin...

So there you have it - contraception is officially okay if and only if you don't need it. Why don't these people ever get struck by lightning? Why doesn't the pure stench of their hypocrisy drive them into another line of work?


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