Pediatrician Refuses to Treat Newborn Because Her Parents Are Lesbian
A Michigan pediatrician refused to treat a newborn because her parents are lesbian.
Fox Detroit reports that Krista and Jami Contreras were shocked when Dr. Vesna Roi refused to treat their newborn daughter, Bay Windsor Contreras, on her very first medical visit.
Despite setting up an appointment well in advance, a different doctor met with them and told them, “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 told Fox Detroit that, “As far as we know Bay doesn’t have a sexual orientation yet so I’m not really sure what that matters.”
The couple was surprised because they had met with Roi for a prenatal consultation and everything seemed fine.
“We were really happy with her,” Krista said. “The kind of care she offered, we liked her personality, she seemed pretty friendly. She seemed pretty straight up with us.”
Krista and Jami say that’s what made the snub even more unexpected and they were disappointed that their newborn was already facing discrimination in just the sixth day of her life.
“We’re not your patient, she’s your patient,” Jami told Fox. “And the fact is that your job is to keep babies healthy and you can’t keep a baby healthy that has gay parents?”
“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.”
For her part, Dr. Roi sent the couple a letter saying, “After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that I would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationships that I normally do with my patients. Please know that I believe that God gives us free choice and I would never judge anyone based on what they do with that free choice.”