Norway has massively disappointed me.
I know we have our own portion of fuckery going on, but I always believed (I see naively now) that we were a bit better when it came to women's rights, abortion, contraception and the likes. Turns out I was wrong.
I follow communities like childfree, cf_hardcore and wtf_sexism closely since these provide information about topics that I burn for.
Through them I learn a lot how it is to be a woman in the US (and other countries) and how their rights are handled.
I was disgusted when I learnt that apothecaries in the US can deny to handle your prescription if this prescription is on birth control pills and such, due to their own personal and religious beliefs!
Newsflash for me was that its somehow like that in Norway too!
I don't know about the apothecaries but doctors in Norway can on personal and religious ground, deny to help you if you come seeking abortion, IVF (if you are a lesbian) and even information about contraception! They can even refuse to refer you further to a different doctor or clinic!
How I got to know this is through our newspaper, a woman sitting in our government seeks to remove this right that the doctors have to deny helping you, which is all good in my opinion, I am just shaken by knowing the fact that the right to deny was a reality here!
I am thoroughly disgusted and appalled. How the hell can anyone justify a doctor refusing to help someone because of their lifestyle, choices or non-choices (like being gay), because of personal or religious opinion!? They are here to help people goddammit!!
If you decide to become a doctor, you are sure to one day meet patients who might wish for things that might be ethically or morally wrong for yourself. So why not rethink your career choice if you have problems with things like these?
But by all means, you can still become a doctor if you are against abortion, but you should not have the right to deny even referring the patient to a different doctor or clinic!
If I were against abortion and got a patient that wished for it, I would of course refer them to somewhere else, but I'd also tell them (without being condescending) that there are other options and maybe give them information on it. But in the end, the choice lies solely with the patient!!
Just gonna be Dr. Farnsworth here and say: "I don't want to live on this planet anymore."