New Zealand doctor decides not to prescribe contraceptives any longer. It makes news. And: Bring out the feminists:
Nelson GP Dr Joseph Hassan, a 40-year-old married father of four, wrote to the 50 patients a fortnight ago telling them he would no longer prescribe contraceptives or refer women for sterilisation.
The letter, which listed doctors who would provide the services, told patients their fertility was a gift to be looked after and not something to be treated with medication like a disease. . .
[Women’s Health Council co-ordinator Lynda] Williams said she was surprised by Dr Hassan’s move. “It’s really out-of-the-Ark stuff these days.”
Dr Hassan said he knew of at least five other Catholic GPs who had had “a similar kind of journey to me”.
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