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When Doctors Refuse to Treat LGBT Patients

posted on April 19, 2016

At The Atlantic, Emma Green writes on a new Mississippi law that allows medical professionals to refuse care on religious grounds. “The medical community has largely rejected practitioners who are unwilling to accept LGBT patients in the fullness of their identity. This probably does have a silencing and exclusionary effect on some doctors, therapists, and patients, which is what laws like the one in Mississippi are trying to address,” Green writes. “But freedom in medicine is not like freedom in every other sphere of public life. Physicians are not bound to act according to conviction. They are bound to do no harm.”

Read at The Atlantic