Would you assist in abortions? - page 17

I am just curious. Would you ever work in an abortion clinic? Would you give pills that would cause an abortion? Thanks... Read More

  1. by   colleen10
    Yes, I would assist in an abortion and/or provide pre / post abortive care and counseling to a woman.

    I don't think I could work in an abortion facility doing it everyday but I would if I worked in an area of Women's care where they were performed on occassion or where I didn't have to assist with them daily.

    I completely understand and respect people's views against abortion whether they be based on personal mores, religious beliefs or whatever other ideology. I can understand a nurse having an issue in assisting with one and if I worked with one such person, I don't think I would mind if I had to fill in for them. I would not think lessor of them, I just don't have the same beliefs about religion and god and murder and life, etc. as them.

    Off topic a bit.....
    The one thing I do have a problem with is a bunch of upper class, middle aged, white guys making laws about women's reproductive rights. Even though I am pro choice, even if a bunch of reproductive aged women were in the house and changed the laws to make abortion illegal, I would not agree with it but it would be easier to take because they are at least women.
  2. by   Brandy Peavyhouse
    No, I would not assist in an abortion under any circumstance. My mother tried to have a saline abortion with me, and for reasons only God knows, the abortion did not work and on April 28, 1979 I was born to this world. I am thankful to be alive and take nothing for granted. I don't consider myself a by-product of conception, a clump of tissue, or any other names given to the baby in the womb but a real live person who, although, I was an unwanted baby and spent many years in foster care, I deserved the chance to live just as much as any planned pregnancy. I am now an RN working in labor and delivery and I love to watch new life enter the world.

    I am the child you have been discussing in these forums. My mother had no right to try and abort me, no matter her circumstances, no matter how inconvenient her pregnancy was. Although I have found it in my heart to forgive my mother I will never forget how she tried to take my life. Life is too precious to simply throw away and I can speak out against abortion from a baby's perspective. Any baby would choose life.
  3. by   missmercy
    [I am thankful to be alive and take nothing for granted. I don't consider myself a by-product of conception, a clump of tissue, or any other names given to the baby in the womb but a real live person who, although, I was an unwanted baby and spent many years in foster care, I deserved the chance to live just as much as any planned pregnancy. I am now an RN working in labor and delivery and I love to watch new life enter the world.

    I am the child you have been discussing in these forums. My mother had no right to try and abort me, no matter her circumstances, no matter how inconvenient her pregnancy was. Although I have found it in my heart to forgive my mother I will never forget how she tried to take my life. Life is too precious to simply throw away and I can speak out against abortion from a baby's perspective. Any baby would choose life.[/QUOTE]
    I am that child too -- with one exception:rather than attempt to kill me, my mom chose to carry me to term, deliver and give me up to people who so desperately wanted a child! I have never once felt anything bu compassion and gratefullness for her supremely unselfish act of love on my behalf! I echo your sentements with a heart felt HURRAY!!!!
  4. by   Stephanie D
    No I wouldn't
  5. by   truern
    I wouldn't want to assist in the actual procedure, but YES I'd give the most compassionate and comforting care possible afterwards.

    Would you refuse to give care to an end-stage AIDS patient that contracted the virus through homosexual acts?? Would you refuse to take care of a drug overdose??

    Personally, I think it's not a nurse's place to make judgements about a patient's life style, decisions, etc.
  6. by   kbella1218
    No, I don't think I could assist. I am with lots of others though, and could take care of the pt afterwards. What's up with nurses not giving blood transfusions? Odd. I know there is a religion that is against that, but doesn't that kind of come with the territory?
  7. by   friedchicken
    It might be risky because of the 'abortion people' I often see outside clinics
    - but at this point I really need a job with medical insurance that will finally remove me from the classification of Low Income.

    What do you think of that? I went to college and became a licensed professional yet I still make an average of $13 per hour.

    I have seen cases in which it would have saved the mother's life. One death is better than two. I would work in such a place for $30/hr.
  8. by   Rep
    No! It's wrong.
  9. by   caroladybelle
    Quote from kbella126
    No, I don't think I could assist. I am with lots of others though, and could take care of the pt afterwards. What's up with nurses not giving blood transfusions? Odd. I know there is a religion that is against that, but doesn't that kind of come with the territory?
    Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood transfusions.

    And, no, doing morally unacceptable things does not come with the territory. Especially since there are a a large number of Bloodless medicine/surgery clinics across the country and many alternatives to transfusions.

    Many facilities do not serve anything with caffeine in it. Some keep kosher kitchens. And some are vegetarian.
  10. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Quote from caroladybelle
    Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood transfusions.

    And, no, doing morally unacceptable things does not come with the territory. Especially since there are a a large number of Bloodless medicine/surgery clinics across the country and many alternatives to transfusions.

    Many facilities do not serve anything with caffeine in it. Some keep kosher kitchens. And some are vegetarian.
    Yes, the Jehovah's Witness pts. refuse blood transfusions: 'it is considered dirty when leaving the body'. They also do not bank their own blood to be donated later.

    Now i called a friends, and i'm still waiting to hear what the 'rules' are about a JW nurse giving a pt. a blood transfusion. Sorry for the hijack, but that raised an interesting question in my mind.
  11. by   Still Riding
    I would assist and care for a pt who chose the route of an abportion, it is not up to me to decide what is right for any patient. They have the same rights that I do and are free to do what they like with their bodies.

    On the topic of blood transfusion I would find it difficult to watch a patient die when I know that they could be saved with a simple blood transfusion, but it is their body and they have the right to refuse treatment on religiouse or any other ground that they see fit. As a nurse (or will be when I'm done school) it is not my place to force my ideals on any one else. I beleive that a nurse is responsible for being the voice of their pt, and if it is the pt choice to have a transfusion than that it should be done no matter the nurse's religion, it is the nurse's religion not the pt.

    but I understand many of you will disagree with my opinon. I can understand where most of you are coming from and can see your opinion, everyone has the right to there own.

    Still Riding
  12. by   Spidey's mom
    The question was "would you assist in an abortion."

    Pretty much everyone has said they would care for a patient who had had an abortion. Aftercare is not the problem at all for those of us who would not assist in an abortion.


    steph
  13. by   karenmcd
    I am so glad to hear from the baby's perspective...because that is the real story that is missing....glad to hear that your mother's gave you life as a choice...exactly!!!! There is a human being destroyed in abortion.

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