I think the subject line sums it up...
Oct 31, '02
I guess we have options.....We can pick and choose where we work. At One of the places I work (Catholic hospital) abortions are not performed. (I am PRO CHOICE by the way, just to make things clear). But I believe you can uphold your standards and still practice OB/GYN nursing. ALL the surgeries are gynecological, including hysts, bladder repairs, etc, not AB's, where I work. I have never seen an AB come through in the NON Catholic hospital I work, either. I know in tertiary hospitals, there are terminations due to poor prenatal outcomes and such. I just have never worked at one. I am not saying I personally would not, but it is a choice I can make either way.
This is what I believe: You don't have to APPROVE the choices people make (like doing drugs while pregnant) but can refrain from making judgements that affect the care you provide. Besides abortion, are there not a HOST Of things that our patients/client can do that are offensive to our sensibilities or against our religious practices and beliefs? I know I have seen it. It is indeed challenging. But I do NOT let it affect my judgement and how I care for them. I think you need to separate this. You care for the PERSON not the DEEDS they do. Anyhow that is what I believe; I will refrain from a prolife-v-prochoice fight here...always have.
Last edit by SmilingBluEyes on Oct 31, '02