Fifteen obstetrics-gynecology practices out of 105 polled by the Sun Sentinel said they have set weight cut-offs for new patients starting at 200 pounds or based on measures of obesity — and turn down women who are heavier.In other words, the women and unborn babies who are most in need of a doctor are the ones who are being turned away.
Some of the doctors said the main reason was their exam tables or other equipment can't handle people over a certain weight. But at least six said they were trying to avoid obese patients because they have a higher risk of complications.
Secular Pro-Life fully supports the right of physicians to refuse a particular service-- such as abortion-- on grounds of conscience. But should they be able to turn down particular patients on the basis of things like weight? The state of the law is unclear.
Happily, pro-life pregnancy resource centers and clinics are committed to caring for all women who come through their doors. I hope private practice ob/gyns will follow their example.
[Side note: I tried to determine whether or not the ob/gyns mentioned in the article perform abortions, but did not come up with any information. If you know, please share in the comments.]