November 12, 1987

On November 12, 1987, the American Medical Association (AMA) issued a policy statement that said it was completely unethical for a doctor to refuse to treat a patient solely because that person had AIDS or was HIV-positive. Southern politicians asked what if the doctors thought that all gay people were icky, would it be okay to not treat them then? The AMA said it was still unethical and wrong. The southern politicians came back and asked what if the States gave them a religious exemption to not treat gay people? The AMA said, “Read my lips. It’s unethical to refuse treatment because of a disease, sexual status, religion, or skin color. It’s unethical to refuse treatment, period.” The southern politicians said, “Eh, we’ll still look at giving religious people an exemption.”

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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