Arizona Doctor Wins Settlement in Discrimination Case

A settlement has been reached in a discrimination case filed by an Arizona doctor who alleged he had been fired as a result of his pro-choice position. Dr. Christopher Carey, who formerly led the Maricopa Medical Center’s ob-gyn residency program originally filed suit in 2005 and alleged that he was harassed and removed from his position because he publicly supported providing training on abortion procedures to interested residents. In the settlement, Carey was awarded $1.4 million.

According to the Center for Reproductive Rights, Dr. Carey publicly opposed a move by county officials in 2003 who attempted to remove an abortion training program at the medical center and also protested when officials tried to transfer the program to a Catholic institution. The Maricopa Board of Supervisors proceeded to conduct baseless investigations against Carey, spread misinformation that damaged his reputation, and ultimately voted to remove him from his position in 2004.

After the settlement, Dr. Carey said “I am extremely pleased with the settlement, but it’s important to remember that the shortage of abortion providers in this country is extensive. A resident’s ability to obtain abortion training is crucial to ensuring women receive quality healthcare when they need it.”


Center for Reproductive Rights Press Release 5/22/09

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