May Doctors Refuse Infertility Treatments to Gay Patients?

  title={May Doctors Refuse Infertility Treatments to Gay Patients?},
  author={Jacob M. Appel},
  journal={Hastings Center Report},
  pages={20 - 21}
  • J. Appel
  • Published 8 July 2006
  • Medicine, Political Science
  • Hastings Center Report
One of the most sacrosanct principles of medical practice in the United States is that physicians have a right to choose their own patients as long as the patient is not in a medical emergency. During the 1980s, a minority of health care professionals invoked this prerogative in refusing to treat AIDS patients. (1) More recently, doctors incensed over malpractice premiums have refused to care for lawyers and their family members. (2) However, this sort of physician autonomy is not without… 

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