An Oregon woman battling advanced breast cancer claims that she has been denied further treatment at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) facilities after expressing criticism of transgender ideology to her doctor and other staff members.
The Clinic Severed Her Ties Due to Her Remarks on Transgender Ideology
Marlene Barbera, who has had a long-standing connection with the Richmond Family Medicine Clinic (RFMC) in Portland, disclosed that the clinic severed her ties due to her remarks on transgender ideology.
Having been a patient at RFMC for 12 years, Barbera’s primary care physician was affiliated with the clinic and treated some of her family members.
Barbera has been undergoing treatment for her illness and had a double mastectomy procedure scheduled at RFMC.
Her access to this crucial treatment was jeopardized after OHSU, the medical organization that encompasses RFMC, reportedly barred her from any further care at their facilities.
“Disrespectful and Hurtful Remarks About Our LGBTQ Community and Staff”
This decision resulted from what they deemed “disrespectful and hurtful remarks about our LGBTQ community and staff.”
Barbera, who identifies as a “gender-critical woman” and challenges gender ideology, expressed her concerns about a transgender flag displayed in the RFMC reception area.
In a message via MyChart, she conveyed her apprehensions to her doctor, stating, “I have been threatened on Twitter by trans activists with rape and death — so it is daunting to go for medical treatment with that banner proclaiming that what I am, an adult human female, is a mere opt-in category for any gender non-conforming male and not a reality.”
Unfortunately, her concerns were dismissed as multiple clinic staff members saw her private message.
And Her “Transphobic Remarks”
Following this incident, her communication with the clinic became strained, and she encountered difficulties discussing her blood work over the phone.
Barbera’s interaction with a receptionist escalated, resulting in Barbera’s alleged dismissal from the clinic.
After a series of exchanges, she received a MyChart message from OHSU practice manager Stein Berger accusing her of making “transphobic remarks.”
In response, Berger reportedly confirmed Barbera’s dismissal from all OHSU facilities.
Gender Ideology Is Akin to a Religion
Despite her ongoing battle with severe chronic agitated depression and her own health challenges, Barbera remains steadfast in her stance against gender ideology.
She emphasizes that gender ideology is akin to a religion and expresses concerns about its impact on women and children.
While Barbera is considering potential actions against the hospital, her primary focus remains on her fight against breast cancer.
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