A federal judge in Texas, where else, this past weekend ruled that doctors are no longer legally required to treat patients who are transgender or who have had an abortion, in the name of JESUS. I ran and got out my Bible as quickly as I could, because I needed to find the verse where Jesus explained this part. The closest I could come was Matthew 25:39-40.
39 When did we see You sick or in prison and visit You?’ 40 And the King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’
And that cleared it right up. Jesus himself said it. In the name of all that is holy, whatever you do for anyone, even the least of these, you do for Him. Now, I’m not saying that someone who is transgender or has had an abortion is the least of a person, but I AM, without a doubt, saying that a very sick person in need of a doctor who has been shunned in society, especially by a bunch of religious holier-than-thou hypocrites who get off on feeling superior to everyone else, because they make arbitrary moral judgements based on nothing more than what the little voices in their heads tell them at the time, might be the least in a vulnerable moment when they go to seek medical care. Because they are sick and need a goddamn doctor, not a value-judging sanctimonious twat.
But just in case, let us also take a moment to review the Hippocratic Oath.
I swear to fulfill, to the best of my ability and judgment, this covenant:…
I will respect the hard-won scientific gains of those physicians in whose steps I walk, and gladly share such knowledge as is mine with those who are to follow.
I will apply, for the benefit of the sick, all measures which are required, avoiding those twin traps of overtreatment and therapeutic nihilism.
I will remember that there is art to medicine as well as science, and that warmth, sympathy, and understanding may outweigh the surgeon’s knife or the chemist’s drug.
I will not be ashamed to say “I know not,” nor will I fail to call in my colleagues when the skills of another are needed for a patient’s recovery.
I will respect the privacy of my patients, for their problems are not disclosed to me that the world may know. Most especially must I tread with care in matters of life and death. Above all, I must not play at God.
I will remember that I do not treat a fever chart, a cancerous growth, but a sick human being, whose illness may affect the person’s family and economic stability. My responsibility includes these related problems, if I am to care adequately for the sick.
I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure.
I will remember that I remain a member of society, with special obligations to all my fellow human beings, those sound of mind and body as well as the infirm.
If I do not violate this oath, may I enjoy life and art, respected while I live and remembered with affection thereafter. May I always act so as to preserve the finest traditions of my calling and may I long experience the joy of healing those who seek my help.
Awww…shit. I don’t see anything in that about the doctor and his or her religious feelings and whether the doctor thinks it might make the doctor uncomfortable. I mean, the doctor doesn’t seem to mind shoving a three foot long camera up my ass when the occasion calls for it, and if that doesn’t make him uncomfortable, then what the hell?
So really, what we are left here with is this: Neither the Bible nor the Hippocratic Oath say a goddamn word about NOT helping someone in his or her hour of need. They DO, however, blatantly, in no uncertain terms, demand that the doctor DO HIS (or her) JOB, which is more than a job but an actual calling, and care for everyone who seeks his help, including the least of these. If that doctor is religious, and believes in Jesus, he is treating those patients just as he would treat Jesus Christ Himself.
So, Doctor, are you going to look at sick Jesus and ask Him if he’s transgender or had an abortion?
Are you going to tell sick Jesus to get the hell out of your office, because your faux morals do not allow you to treat him?
No? I didn’t think so. Get the fuck on out of here with your sanctimonious bullshittery. And quit using your holy book as a weapon against people who have nothing left to fight with. If there is a God, I sure as shit doubt that He meant for His words to be twisted and used as a sword to draw blood. He probably meant for it to be used as a way to show his love to others.