This week approximately 3000 Polish doctors signed a “Declaration of Faith” in which it is stated that they shall treat patients putting god’s law before man’s. By god’s law they mean Christianity, well actually Catholicism.
Unfortunately not. These doctors allow their faith to determine patient care, regardless of the faith or well-being of their patients. How does that work out in reality? Does your doctor’s faith really have any influence on your health care? Abortion is already illegal except in the most restricted of cases so let’s set that aside. Sterilization is also illegal as well is euthanasia so we can set those issues aside too. Hospitals aren’t performing executions or lobotomies so what’s the problem? In most cases it involves prescribing birth control, morning-after pills, and recommending and performing pre-natal testing.
So just go to another doctor, right?
Not always. Doctors in Poland are educated by the public university system and most are employed at least partially in the public system as well. Ladies, can you imagine that you go to your OB/GYN and he or she refuses to write you a prescription for birth control tablets? Or sign your order for pre-natal screening? Or prescribe the morning-after pill if you needed it? And your taxes pay for this doctor’s employment.
The worst I have heard of is the doctor whose conscience didn’t allow him to implant the IUD in the public office but who would certainly do it in his private office – his conscience soothed for a mere 1000 zloty.
Imagine if other professions worked like that…The Immoral Atheist Firefighter!
Or a conscientious shop assistant?
And now some humor at the patient’s expense…
http://www.deklaracja-wiary.pl/ Here you can find the list of doctors who have signed the declaration, in my opinion, a list of doctors to avoid.