Saturday, January 24, 2009
Aggressive Anti-Abortion Nurse
Talk about overstepping your professional bounds. A nurse at Presbyterian Medical Services Rio Rancho Family Health Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico was sued this week after she removed an IUD from a patient without permission because she (the nurse) was against abortion.
Allegedly, the patient went to the clinic for a routine exam and asked to have the IUD string shortened. The nurse began asking the patient about her choice of contraception and then pulled the IUD out. According the the court complaint, the nurse said "Uh oh, I accidentally pulled out your IUD" She then said, "Having the IUD come out was a good thing. I personally do not like IUDs. I feel they are a type of abortion. I don't know how you feel about abortion, but I am against them. What the IUD does is take the fertilized egg and pushes it out of the uterus."
The defendant nurse said, "Everyone in the office always laughs and tells me I pull these out on purpose because I am against them, but it's not true, they accidentally come out when I tug."
The nurse told the patient that it was better that she did not have the IUD because she could now use a "non-abortion" form of contraception. She made it clear she would not insert a new IUD.
The plaintiff demands damages for battery, constitutional violations and negligence.
The story speaks for itself.
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 9:16 AM