My name is Fred and I am a gay conservative living in Ottawa. This blog supports limited government, the right of the State of Israel to live in peace and security, and tries to expose the threat to us all from cultural relativism, post-modernism, and radical Islam. I am also the founder of the Free Thinking Film Society in Ottawa (

Monday, October 23, 2006

Muslims and Doctors in France....

A new problem has emerged....male doctors.
France's leading gynecologists have challenged hard-line Muslims to bow to France's secular, "modern" rules of society and to stop insisting that female doctors examine their wives.

The heads of the French National College of Gynecologists and Obstetricians issued a public declaration rejecting any moves to undermine the principle that public hospitals are part of a secular state in which patients must accept being examined by a doctor of the opposite sex.

The move came after a consultant in Paris was punched by a Muslim who was concerned that a male doctor wanted to examine his wife after complications in childbirth. Though incidents of gynecologists being attacked on religious grounds remain rare, the declaration said some Muslims' rejection of secular norms appeared to be rising.

The college said: "Thirty years ago, Muslim women came into our hospitals without any alarm at being taken into the care of doctors, most of whom were men, and there were none of these difficulties. Why are things going backwards? It is for Islam to adapt to the liberties that all must possess in a modern state."


Blogger Steve said...

Imagine how hard it would be to find a female gynecologist in Afghanistan. The Taliban won't even let girls go to school.

12:55 PM  
Blogger Neo Conservative said...

i moved two hours out of toronto five years ago and can't even find a family physician. we need to look at the situation closer to home as well.

and political correctness is the thin edge of the wedge...

"Does anyone remember reading about New York City deciding to crack down on littering a number of years ago? At first, it seems like such an inconsequential matter to focus on, but studies showed that as soon as that first piece of litter hit the turf, people felt free to toss anything and everything onto the ground in it's wake."

1:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do people have the right to refuse medical treatment in France?

If the gender of the attending physician not deemed a legitimate reason for referral to another doctor in a hospital setting the patient has a clear choice. To be treated or not.

8:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous II said...


That would work if it were the choice of the woman not to get treated rather than the choice of her husband

3:38 PM  
Blogger PGP said...

"Why are things going backwards?"

Indeed why?

4:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"It is for Islam to adapt to the liberties that all must possess in a modern state."

... the liberties all MUST possess ... ?

Is it liberty, if one MUST comply?

1:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Montreal newspaper La Presse reported a similar situation. A pregnant Muslim was scheduled for an ultrasound; on the scheduled day, the only female technician was off sick and the woman's husband refused to let a male technican near his wife. The ultrasound had to be rescheduled, even though resources are already stretched thin. Note that the decision was made, not by the patient, but by her husband - as though she were a child (the Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that parents may not deny their child necessary medical treatment on religious grounds). I fear these situations will become more and more coomon, and until a few year ago, they were practically unheard of in the Western world.

10:27 AM  

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