Since I'm being smeared
for "targeting" antichoice MDs -- for avoidance by 21st-century minded people -- I thought: what the hell? Might as well be hung for a sheep as a lamb.
I googled "Christian Medical and Dental Society" and scrolled through looking for individual practitioners identifying themselves as members. (Yes, I know, using deeply nefarious tactics here.)
I found more than a few Christian dentists. Here are a couple: Gordon Wong
and Tom Harle
I found a retired paediatric nutritionist, John Patrick
, who looks pretty harmless.
Then I hit the jackpot with Dan Reilly
, an OB/GYN practicing in "the rural communities of Centre and North Wellington." That would be in Ontario, subject to the new referral guidelines of the College of Physicians and Surgeons.
He's rather full of himself and devotes a page to his dedication
to obstetrics and gynaecology, listing eight reasons he chose this specialty. (Really, it deserves a read. The pomposity is amazing even for a male OB/GYN.)
But reasons 6 through 8 are priceless (bold mine):
6. I have to struggle to be empathetic
when a patient has a medical complaint I have struggled with. In training it was tough for me to empathize with someone who had a headache or cold or back pain. Deep inside I wanted to say, “I have had this problem and it didn’t slow me down. Buck-up and get back to work!” In ob/gyn I deal with problems that I will never experience. So I have to agree with the patient’s assessment of the severity of the problem and that makes it easier for me to empathize.
7. I enjoy the complexity of medical ethics and law. And there is lots of both in OB/GYN. [Grammar AND creepiness alert!]
8. Men are boring. [Misandry!!!!]
Get your head around number 6. He wanted
to deal with problems he will never experience to improve his deficient empathy and claims that as a result he has to agree with the patient's assessment of the problem.
(Plus, like any good Christian, he is using his patients to further his own personal goals.)
Intrigued, I searched the site for abortion
, you know, because if he has to agree with the patient's assessment, then he'd do abortions when that's what the patient assessed as the solution to the problem.
From the abortion search, four items come up:
1. A video of a one-hour talk he gave at McMaster University called "Abortion and the Four Principles: Clarity without Resolution." I watched about five minutes of it and that was the end of my patience for his smarmy style.
2. A link to a pdf called "Prenatal Genetic Testing, Eugenic Abortion, and the Christian Physician." I did not download this; the title says it all.
3. and 4. Pages titled "Abortion Ethics Talk" and "Abortion Ethics: Understanding the Debate."
Here they are.
And that's my public service duty for today.