Don’t Let Doctors Refuse to Treat LGBT Patients

Target: Senator Lamar Alexander, Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

Goal: Ban legalized discrimination against LGBT people by medical professionals.

Doctors and other medical professionals can refuse to treat gay people and other members of the LGBT community and not suffer any legal consequences for it. This is a blatant violation of the Hippocratic Oath and should not be allowed. Demand that a federal law is enacted to criminalize discrimination against LGBT people by medical professionals.

The ridiculous nature of this legal right was put on full display in a recent case in Michigan. Krista and Jami Contreras, a same-sex couple and the mothers of a newborn baby girl, made an appointment to take their daughter to her first medical check-up. They meant to see Dr. Vesna Roi, who they had visited before for a prenatal consultation and seemed to get along just fine with.

Once they arrived at the office, though, the family was forced to meet with a different physician, who informed them that Dr. Roi had “prayed on it” and decided that she could not care for the baby because Krista and Jami were in a same-sex relationship. Dr. Roi, because she has the legal right to do this in the state of Michigan, will not face any consequences for refusing to treat a six-day-old infant whose parents happen to both be women.

Only 22 states in the country have laws that criminalize this kind of discrimination from medical professionals to LGBT people—the quickest way to remedy this is by getting a federal law on the books. Sign the petition below to demand that the Senate committee in charge of legislation about healthcare providers introduce a bill to outlaw this discrimination nationwide.


Dear Senator Alexander,

I am writing you today regarding a matter that pertains to the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Currently, in 28 of our nation’s 50 states, doctors and other medical professionals have the legal right to refuse service to LGBT people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender. This is a travesty.

Doctors swear an oath that says that they are expected to do what they can to help people when they can, because they possess knowledge and expertise that an average person does not. Part and parcel to that oath is the expectation that the doctor will perform their duties equally and without bias regardless of who the patient is. This right that many doctors in the country have to refuse to treat LGBT people has been used time and time again to allow doctors with anti-gay religious beliefs to discriminate against certain people. This obviously undermines the doctors’ oaths and treats LGBT people as second-class citizens.

It’s time for this to end. LGBT people deserve the same right to healthcare as anyone else. I demand that you and your committee introduce legislation that would make it a crime for doctors to discriminate against LGBT people on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender.


[Your Name Here]

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  1. Why should doctor’s jeopardize their lives for the mere sake of other’s who live in sin and abomination and because of this behavior they have created it by not using protection. Doctor’s have a right to do what they feel is right to protect themselves.

    • How are they jeopardizing their lives? Any patient that comes into a hospital/doctor’s office could have any disease, which is why universal precautions are in place.

      Should the doctor also be able to refuse to treat atheists and Muslims or occult devil worshipers? Is your issue only with gays/lesbians? If that is the case, you REALLY need a doctor. I recommend a doctor that does not care who you sleep with

    • So if gay doctor’s refuse to treat religious people because they thinks they’re icky or unsafe, (lack of health care, refusal to vaccinate, etc,) you’re ok with that, because doctors have a right to protect themselves. Right?

    • angelique_sp says:

      Bwahaha! I may be an atheist …. But I’m ‘thanking god’ YOU’RE not a doctor. And since you’re also not one for ‘science’, you and your medieval notions will soon die off.

  2. Amber Simmons says:

    Dr’s are supposed to help people.If you only want to help certain people, dont become a doctor. If my dr. did this I would find another one!

  3. Catherine Alquier says:

    Doctors are obliged to help every body.

  4. Dominique Slatter says:

    This is pathetic. How can people live with themselves after doing something this low? It’s discrimination!

  5. Has the world gone backwards?

  6. Karen Remnant says:

    This sort of discrimination is disgusting! I never realised that when Drs took their oath there was a list of get out clauses! Either you want to be a Dr and treat people or you don’t!
    TS makes no sense at all, from what was the Dr protecting herself from? A tiny baby? A baby born into a loving family? What risk us there?

  7. I expect these same doctors to pray on it & refuse to treat:
    – single people who sleep with married people cos they are a real threat to family unity
    – married people who cheat, esp if they have unprotected sex which risks their spouses’ lives
    – anyone who has sex outside marriage actually, cos that is fornication

    If you are going to judge some you must judge all.

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