It appears that some Republican wants to pass a law in Idaho that would allow doctors and cops to refuse to help LGBT folks.
Yes, I'm serious. No, it's not The Onion.
A spokesperson from the ACLU says it is "a law in search of a problem."
I think it's totally idiotic.
Let's review, kids.... Doctors first. They take an oath. It's called the Hippocratic Oath and while it's not mandatory, a vast majority of medical students, upon being granted the title "Doctor" do take a form of this oath.
Here are two sentences from one translation of the Oath:
I will prescribe regimens for the good of my patients according to my ability and my judgment and never do harm to anyone.
Whatever houses I may visit, I will come for the benefit of the sick, remaining free of all intentional injustice, ...
Soooooo.... Taking this to its logical conclusion, we can say that "do no harm" is the "Prime Directive" - to use a Star Trek term. The physician vows to do no harm and prescribe for the good of the patient. The physician also vows that he or she "come(s) for the benefit of the sick, remaining free from all INTENTIONAL injustice..." (there's also the last phrase of this sentence which deals with sexual relations with patients, but that's not particularly relevant here).
Hippocrates was an ancient Greek physician - often seen as the father of Western medicine. He lived from 460 BC to 370 BC. While it's not confirmed that he wrote the oath (perhaps it was one of his students), it is popularly regarded that this is the basic tenet of all medical professionals.
Let's look at the "remaining free from all intentional injustice" thingie: You, Idaho, are telling us that refusing to treat LGBT patients is not unjust... Really?
The proposed law does have a caveat for emergency rooms, but what I want to know is, what is wrong with Idaho??
Now, the cops: This is the oath of honor suggested by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Please look at the highlighted sentence after the oath.
On my honor,
I will never betray my badge,
my integrity, my character,
or the public trust.
I will always have
the courage to hold myself
and others accountable for our actions.
I will always uphold the constitution
and community I serve.
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