Well, this was a very interesting thread. I actually wondered myself about this topic. I am obviously pro-life, but I would not pass judgement on anyone. You have no idea what their exact situation is. If they were raped, they did not consent to the sexual act in the first place. I do not agree with abortion for myself, but for someone else it's none of my business. I am not God, so I have no right to judge anyone. Would I refuse someone care? Absolutely not! I also wouldn't want to ruffle any feathers either. Seriously, you've heard the saying the nurses will eat their own...what do you think would happen once they know you pick and choose your asignments? Yes, it is legal to refuse based on ethical, moral beliefs, but that doesn't mean the charge nurse won't give you the worst assignments and attitude. Also, in nursing school some professors have been known to come after you if you ruffle their feathers. Not all, but some. I am not saying you should compromise your beliefs, but maybe nursing just isn't your forte. Just because it's impossible to say whether or not you might come across this situation in some way, shape, or form. I would say that you are still young and should pursue the band teacher route since you have wanted to do this for so long. Maybe, you could volunteer just to see if you really are as interested as you think you are. Nursing school is expensive and not for the lighthearted. It is a big decision. Basically, while in nursing school don't expect to have any kind of social life at all. Plan to eat and breathe studying for at least 2 years and more for the BSN or MSN. You could try CNA or LPN, they can run for up to a year and some have part-time options. If you like the school atmosphere, an LPN can be a school nurse. Anyway, just thought I'd throw in my . I am in no way judging you, but I thought I'd offer some options you may not have considered. Good Luck in whatever you choose to do!