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.

14 comments:

Cecilia said...

That's one freaky picture, Dr. Brayer!

I cringed when I heard this one. In my experience, a nurse would have to do a little more than just "gently tug" to pull out an IUD. Talk about overstepping boundaries!

Toni Brayer MD said...

Cecilia: Yes. maybe a little too freaky and scary. Hope you weren't afraid!

CountryMidwife said...

Oh. My. God. Horrible. Yes, because (evil nurse) what YOU think supercedes what anyone else chooses. Therefore you have the right to violate another person. I'm sure Jesus approves. Don't get me started....

CountryMidwife said...

Hey, doc, I just googled this and it was a Nurse Practitioner, not a nurse. There's such a difference -- do give us our kudos (well, if we deserve it, and I agree she probably doesn't).

Toni Brayer MD said...

CountryMidwife: Yes you are right about Nurse Practitioner but I didn't want to sully the profession. haha

ERP said...

That nurse practitioner needs to lose her license STAT!

tracey said...

I am pro-life, but let me say that nurse practioner was WAY out of line. That was totally unprofessional & puts her in the same class as the lunatics that blow up clinics "to save lives".

tracey said...

and - that photo made me pee a little. >: ) waaaay scary.

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