Friday, October 30, 2009

Shut Up Fool! Awards-Halloween Weekend Edition

Happy Halloween Weekend peeps!
Wow this year is definitely moving along. Only eight more weeks left until New year's day and the dawning of a new decade.

Not only are we getting ready to move into November, Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 AM. It's fall back time, so you'll get that hour of sleep back you lost in March.

Getting prepared for the invasion of ghosts. goblins, ghouls and other costumed creatures begging for treats Saturday night.

Speaking of goblins and ghouls, it's time to see if scary creatures like Ann Coultergeist or Rush Limbaugh made us scream about their stupidity or if we have some other fool that distinguished themselves this week.

As always, there were many worthy fools to choose from, but my winner this week was brought to my attention courtesy of Renee and a post she read at Feministing.

It talks about a USA Today article about conscience clause legislation. The right wingers have been pushing these bills which would allow pharmacists and health care workers to deny women access to birth control pills if it goes against the pharmacist's religion. These laws are also of concern to transpeople because we can be put in the situation in which a Bible thumping pharmacist could deny us access to our hormones and other medication we need for transition.

But our winner of this week's Shut Up Fool! Award is Dr. Michele Phillips from San Antonio, TX.

She had this to say in the opening paragraph of the USA Today article.

She had a request to give an unmarried female patient a prescription for birth control pills and refused to do so. She then resigned her position and does contract work at a 'faith-based' practice that permits her to "prescribe according to my ethical values. "Her reason?

"I'm not going to give any kind of medication I see as harmful. The drugs would not protect her patient from "emotional trauma from multiple partners," Phillips reasoned, or sexually transmitted diseases. "I could not ethically give that type of medication to a single woman."

Can you say 'evangelical christian'? Thought you could.

Michele, you're an embarrassment to the home state. To think my tax dollars paid for the med schools where you got that medical education.

You need to focus more on the Hippocratic Oath and less on injecting your personal religious beliefs into people's medical needs.

Dr. Michele Phillips, shut up fool!

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