Marlene Barbera, an Oregon woman suffering from advanced breast cancer, claims that she has been denied further treatment at all Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) facilities because she criticized transgender ideology to her doctor and staff members. Barbera had been a patient at the Richmond Family Medicine Clinic (RFMC), affiliated with OHSU, for 12 years.
Barbera expressed concerns to her doctor about a transgender flag displayed in the reception area of RFMC, as she does not accept gender ideology and advocates for the biological reality of sex differences. She wrote to her doctor via MyChart message, explaining that she found it uncomfortable to see the flag given the threats she had received from trans activists on social media. Barbera’s concerns were reportedly dismissed, and her private message was seen by various clinic staff members.
Barbera faced difficulties communicating with the clinic afterward. When she called in June regarding blood work, a receptionist refused to help her and hung up after a heated conversation. Barbera called back but encountered another unhelpful receptionist who demanded she speak with the previous receptionist. Barbera made a snarky remark, which did not amuse the receptionist.
A couple of weeks later, Barbera received a MyChart message from OHSU practice manager Stein Berger accusing her of making “transphobic remarks” and stating that she had been “dismissed” from all OHSU facilities. This dismissal would be effective on July 29.
Despite her physical health challenges, Barbera remains firm in her principles, stating that gender ideology is like a religion that she does not subscribe to.
OHSU has not responded to requests for comment on the matter.