Public Health and birth control - page 3

by Beebop25

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Can you be a public health nurse and not have to give out birth control (morning after pill especially)?... Read More


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    oooh, really?!

    the wal mart closest to me refuses to dispense it, i found out when i went to buy it for someone else. i assumed this could have been an issue for all wal marts. so perhaps this particular one stocks it, but the pharmacist herself was unwilling to dispense it? hmm.

    i live in nc
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    That's probably the pharmacist pushing his or her values on you. I promise you I bought it in Hillsborough at the new big WalMart off I85 about five months ago.

    I have a serious problem with people attempting to force their own values of that nature on me. IMHO they're making judgement calls on me they have no right to make. (If I HAD been pregnant - and I don't think I was - it would have put me right out of the Air Force before I even got back in, and my family and I are SOOO much better off with me IN the Air Force again. None of that pharmacist's business, really. Not their life.)

    Sorry, just my opinion.
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    Quote from junebugfairy
    oooh, really?!

    the wal mart closest to me refuses to dispense it, i found out when i went to buy it for someone else. i assumed this could have been an issue for all wal marts. so perhaps this particular one stocks it, but the pharmacist herself was unwilling to dispense it? hmm.

    i live in nc
    i had the same problem at a wal mart and a rite aid here in a boonieville area of ohio. neither one stocked plan b when i (as a happily married woman!) had need of it following an incident with a broken condom a couple of years ago. i actually called and complained to rite aid corporate, but i figured wal mart was a lost cause.
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    Forgive me I stand corrected, the policy I had been using was specific to where I work. And I happen to work with a population of mostly under 17 yr. old teenagers!
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    Quote from carolinapooh
    That's probably the pharmacist pushing his or her values on you. I promise you I bought it in Hillsborough at the new big WalMart off I85 about five months ago.

    I have a serious problem with people attempting to force their own values of that nature on me. IMHO they're making judgement calls on me they have no right to make. (If I HAD been pregnant - and I don't think I was - it would have put me right out of the Air Force before I even got back in, and my family and I are SOOO much better off with me IN the Air Force again. None of that pharmacist's business, really. Not their life.)

    Sorry, just my opinion.
    Carolina,

    Just to clarify a common misconception and one that the OP herself seems to misunderstand, the "morning-after pill" or Plan B would not terminate a pregnancy if there already was one. It acts to prevent pregnancy in the first place. Therefore, those who are pro-life should technically be very pro-Plan B as it it no way ends a life or acts like an abortion. It prevents pregnancy so people do not have to make that choice. I also realize this is a highly emotional and more philosophical debate than we should get into here, but as nurses we should all understand how medications work and from a scientific and pharmacological standpoint, Plan B only acts to prevent, not terminate, a pregnancy. No different than the regular daily birth control pill.
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    Nursing, whether in the hospitals or out in the community, you're there to help patients meet their needs.
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    Yeah, but if somebody claims that they "need" an abortion, (and nobody needs this) doctors and nurses should not be forced to participate in any way. I want to go into healthcare to help people. I know the morning after pill is becoming very popular, and I do not agree with it. I know that I could never give that to somebody
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    Quote from JayMar23
    Yeah, but if somebody claims that they "need" an abortion, (and nobody needs this) doctors and nurses should not be forced to participate in any way. I want to go into healthcare to help people. I know the morning after pill is becoming very popular, and I do not agree with it. I know that I could never give that to somebody
    You simply don't have the right to impose your beliefs on someone by pushing them into one choice or depriving them of information or access to a legal choice. Like it or not, abortion is legal in this country and in some cases is indeed needed (for instance, in cases where the health of the mother is endangered). Plan B, while nothing like an abortion (as others have noted, it prevents pregnancy rather than ending one after it has begun), is a legal option in the U.S. A better version that is consistently effective for five days has been approved by the FDA, so this option won't be going away. If you couldn't feel comfortable giving such a medication to someone requesting it or providing objective information uninflected by your personal beliefs, perhaps public health nursing isn't the best fit for you. I'm sure there are other areas of nursing where you could use your skills and talents more effectively.
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    Quote from JayMar23
    Yeah I guess it depends on what someone's opinion of the morning after pill is, I consider it to be a very early abortion and not the same thing as using a condom or taking the birth control pill so I would not be comfortable supporting that in any way
    You obviously do no know how the pill works then. It is not a form of abortion and does not terminate a pregnancy. If the woman is pregnant and takes the morning after pill she will still be pregnant. The morning after pill is no different than a woman taking two birth control pills today and two birth control pills tomorrow because she forgot to take it two days in a row.
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    I know that plan B can flush out conception, before it has attached to the uterine wall. I consider this the start of human life, but I guess technically you are not pregnant at this point but I belive this is the start of human life, and thats just personally where i draw the line, that is why i disagree with what others are saying about plan B.


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