Krista and Jami Contreras were married in Vermont in 2012 and they welcomed Bay Windsor Contreras into the world two years later. Last September, the expectant mothers were referred to Dr. Vesna Roi at Eastlake Pediatrics in Roseville, Michigan, by the couple’s midwife.
When the baby was born, they went to see Roi, but instead, another doctor greeted them.
“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.”
“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.”
My Fox Detroit reports, “Bay’s parents proceeded with the appointment with the other doctor then found another pediatric group for their baby.”
“When we started calling other pediatricians my first thing on the phone was, we’re lesbian moms – is this okay with you,” Krista said.
The mothers shared their experience on social media.
People started calling Eastlake Pediatrics to share their concerns.
My Fox Detroit reports:
On Feb. 9, nearly four months after the appointment – the Contreras family finally received this letter from Roi.
The letter read:
“After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that i [sic] would not be able to develop the personal patient-doctor relationships that I normally do with my patients.”
“We do not keep prenatal information once we have our meetings so I had no way to contact you.”
She apologized, writing, “I should have spoken with you directly that day,” and “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.”
According to the American Medical Association, physicians cannot refuse to care for patients based on sexual orientation, but doctors can refuse treatment if it’s incompatible with their personal, religious or moral beliefs.
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Laws do not exist in Michigan to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families from discrimination.
“We already don’t have laws to protect these sort of families,” attorney Dana Nessel said. “And worse, we are considering passing laws that allow further discrimination.”
“As far as we know Bay doesn’t have a sexual orientation yet so I’m not really sure what that matters,” Jami said. “We’re not your patient – she’s your patient. And the fact is that your job is to keep babies healthy and you can’t keep a baby healthy that has gay parents?”
The mothers have moved on to a different pediatrician who they say they love.
“Hopefully us telling our story can make sure by the time she’s six-years-old this kind of thing can’t happen,” Krista said.
It’s a baby. The doctor would not have have caught the gays from infant girl.
‘Do no harm’ springs to mind.
Remember when Jesus healed the sick, then He came upon one couple and said, ‘Ew, you’re gay, that’s so icky. I cannot toucheth thee’?
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