Two moms say a religious Michigan pediatrician stopped seeing their daughter because of what they say is discrimination against their sexual orientation. Krista and Jami Conteras said Dr. Vesna Roi of Eastlake Pediatrics in Roseville, Michigan had agreed to be the pediatrician for their daughter, Bay. But when the couple brought their small 5-day-old baby to the office for a wellness check-up another doctor told them that Dr. Roi would not be seeing them after all, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I was completely dumbfounded” said Krista who is the baby’s biological mother. “We just looked at each other and said, ‘Did we hear that correctly?” The second doctor had also told them that Dr. Roi didn’t even come into the clinic that day because she didn’t want to see them. Dr. Roi later sent the couple a handwritten letter to apologize five months later that is posted online.
“After much prayer following your prenatal, I felt that I would not be able to develop the personal patient doctor relationship that I normally do with my patients,” wrote Dr. Roi, “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,” Dr. Roi wrote. “Again, I am sorry for the hurt and angry feelings that were created by this. I hope you can accept my apology.”
Dr. Roi, a 49-year-old pediatrician, has been practicing medicine for 19 years, making it her life’s work to take care of babies, she told the Free Press this week. Just not the babies of LGBT parents, apparently.
It’s really unacceptable that in 2015, disheartening stories like this one and others are still so common. Homophobia is so ingrained in our culture that unfortunately, this kind of news comes as little surprise.
Image: via Detroit Free Press.