Last September lesbian couple Krista and Jami Contreras were recommended to Dr. Vesna Roi at Eastlake Pediatrics in Roseville [Michigan].by their midwife.
The Contrerasas were told to make an appointment with Roi once their baby (Bay) arrived which they did. When the day came for the appointment Dr. Roi was nowhere in sight and they were greeted by another Doctor:
“The first thing Dr. Karam said was ‘I’ll be your doctor, I’ll be seeing you today because Dr. Roi decided this morning that she prayed on it and she won’t be able to care for Bay,” Jami said.
Dr. Karam told us she didn’t even come to the office that morning because she didn’t want to see us.
The new mothers were shocked, hurt and angry. “It was embarrassing, it was humiliating and here we are, new parents trying to protect her,” Jami said. “And we know this happens in the world and we’re completely prepared for this to happen other places. But not at our six-day-old’s wellness appointment.”
Four months later, after word of the rejection spread online, the couple received a letter from Dr. Roi. She apologized for not meeting them in person that day, but didn’t apologize for not treating their child, writing, “I felt that I would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationships that I normally do with my patients.”
Michigan has no laws protecting LGBT individuals from discrimination.
You know, it’s bad when Christian bakery owners won’t make a cake for a gay wedding, but exactly how fucked up is it when a “Christian” doctor refuses care for an innocent baby because its the child of a same-sex couple.
What Hypo-critic Oath did Dr. Roi take? “Do no harm… unless a baby has lesbian parents, then I can refuse it and it’ll just have to fend for itself.”