At the first checkup of Krista and Jami’s new baby, when she was only six days old, the pediatrician reused to treat her, simply because Krista and Jami are a same-sex couple. While the women imagined they could perhaps face discrimination themselves as a same-sex couple, they never believed it would directly affect their child, and because there are no explicit statewide nondiscrimination protections in Michigan, the pediatrician’s office was allowed to turn them away.
All that Krista and Jami want, like any other parents, is to be able to keep their daughter safe and healthy, but because of what’s happened, they feel they must “out” themselves every time they speak to a new doctor to make sure their daughter’s care won’t be compromised.
“We were told the doctor didn’t even come to the office that morning because she didn’t want to see us,” Krista and Jami recall. “We’re not your patient—she’s your patient. And your job is to keep babies healthy, and you can’t keep a baby healthy who has gay parents?”