Thursday, December 08, 2005

Jumping on the Bandwagon

A professional works to receive payment for an activity (as a profession), which usually requires expertise and carries with it socially significant mores and folkways. That is to say, behaving professionally would indicate that the person's actions remain in accordance with specific rules, written or unwritten, pertaining to behavior, dress, speech, etc. By extension, the adjective professional can indicate that someone has great expertise or skill in a craft or activity.
Thus, attorney's defend the guilty. Women therapists work with sexual predators. Doctors treat criminals equally with victims. CPA's do accounting for businesses they'd don't like. And so on.


The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that a three-judge panel of a California state appeals court last Friday unanimously defended the right of two fertility doctors to refuse to perform an artificial insemination on a lesbian ... because she's not married. The physicians, employees of the North Coast Women's Care Medical Group, say they refused the treatment for religious reasons. The doctors argue that their objection was to her marital status, not her sexual orientation. Right, because that makes it OK. [The marital defense was added later, the doctor initially said it was because the patient was lesbian]
First pharmacists refuse to fill perscriptions. Now doctors withhold services. What next? Picking clients who agree with you politically? Or a checker at Target that refuses to check you out because you're Muslim?

Incidently, the woman in question was impregnated by another clinic and has a baby boy. But she had to go "out of network" to get a provider, which undoubtedly was significantly more expensive.

I thought it was the right wing that bemoaned political correctness?


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