22 Jul 2013

Doctor refuses to give woman the pill because she had 'not done her reproductive job' by having at least four children

A young New Zealand woman was refused the birth control pill because she had not yet done her 'reproductive job'.


Melissa Pont, 23, said her family practitioner, Dr Joseph Lee, would not renew her pill prescription, instead lecturing her on a baby's right to live and on using the rhythm method, an unreliable family planning technique that involves having sex only at certain times of the month.

Mail Online

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) says a doctor who refused to prescribe the contraceptive pill to a Blenheim woman was within his rights, but that it was wrong to share his views on the matter. Radio New Zealand