Can she do that?
January 9, 2010 8:24 AM Subscribe
A Questions about the ethics of my last Ob./Gyn/ Visit...
posted by julie_of_the_jungle to health & fitness (27 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the short of it: Last year I had an abortion and this year when I called to schedule my yearly pap I was told I was no longer a patient of Dr. X. Surprised, I asked why and the nurse said she wasn't sure why and after some hemming and hawing put the doctor on the phone. The doctor informed me she had dropped me as a patient because she didn't see women who had had abortions as it put her in a morally questionable spot. I asked how it put her in a morally questionable spot and she said she didn't have time to discuss it further and she hung up.
So here's my question: Is that right? Can a doctor drop a patient (without so much as a letter even!) for having a procedure they don't approve of? I've heard of people being fired from their doctors after failing to take medication properly etc. but never for this.
Added Bonus: It was last year right before Christmas when I went in to her office to have a second test to see if I was pregnant. My SO and I had already discussed the options and decided on a course of action the day I went in so when I got the news I asked her for a referral. She said the nurse would call me back with the necessary information. After calling the office 3+ times in a week to get said information. I gave up and called Planned Parenthood myself.
[This question isn't about whether or not you think my abortion was morally right. The choice to have or not have a child is a personal one that I don't think is best debated in internet forums. This is about whether my doctor can drop me as a patient just because I've had an abortion. Thanks metafilter!]