Apr 11, 2013
commented on Hospital In Missouri Facing the Mother of All Lawsuits
ThinkProgress had this to say:
Nothing in the Missouri law granting power of attorney rights suggests that a family member can trump the power of attorney granted to a non-relative. However, this passage does seem to suggest room for a facility to attempt to justify such discrimination:
No hospital, nursing facility, residential care facility, or other health care facility shall be required to honor a health care decision of an attorney in fact if that decision is contrary to the hospital’s or facility’s institutional policy based on religious beliefs or sincerely held moral convictions unless the hospital or facility received a copy of the durable power of attorney for health care prior to commencing the current series of treatments or current confinement.
In other words, if Gorley did not have the piece of paper granting him power of attorney on hand before treatment of his partner began, the hospital could argue that it refuses to recognize same-sex partners based on religious beliefs or ”moral convictions.” The Research Medical Center does not have a religious affiliation and claims not to discriminate based on sexual orientation, but denying a patient access to the individual entrusted with his medical decisions appears to be a fairly egregious violation.
Nov 7, 2012
commented on We Won
Very true David42, but I've found that they mostly respond with either canned responses which never really answer questions you pose to them or simply direct you to read all the promo bits on their websites which never directly address the issues we write to them about.
It gets extremely frustrating to feel one is merely being brushed aside when we address our congress members, either at the State or the Federal level.
Jun 1, 2011
commented on Franzen on How to Love in an Age of Like
@1 And if you stopped reading there, you didn't understand ONE. SINGLE. THING. the author was attempting to convey.
When you stay in your room and rage or sneer or shrug your shoulders, as I did for many years, the world and its problems are impossibly daunting. But when you go out and put yourself in real relation to real people, or even just real animals, there’s a very real danger that you might love some of them.
Jan 18, 2011
commented on She Who Must Not Be Discussed (According to Paul)...
@ 7, @14, and @ 15 -- I agree! I'll be more than happy to provide cookies or even a couple of Cheese Onion Bread Braids for the entire Stranger Staff if SLOG can avoid posting anything about "She who cannot be named" for one entire week. Starting now!