I am very upset by the recent legislature changes regarding abortion and the legalization of infanticide. I used to be an OB-GYN nurse, and I’m so glad now that I am not doing that anymore. I will not have to worry about abandoning my patients because of my personal beliefs on abortion.
I USED to be very pro-choice. I believed in total unrestricted access to this procedure, that it is a woman’s private decision, and that government had no part of that. I am now 99% Pro-Life and 1% Pro-Choice. The pro-choice part stems from a belief that a woman should be allowed to have an abortion in the case of rape, incest, and unlimited up until the heart begins to beat. The pro-life part comes from a firm belief in not allowing abortion to be repeatedly used as a form of birth control. Additionally, if the woman waits too long to make the decision, then she should have to bear the child. She can place him/her up for adoption, if desired. There are MANY potential parents out there who would love to have that unwanted child. I also believe, along with a lot of other people, that once a heart starts to beat, there is life. Who are we, as humans, to question the value of life?
This whole idea of post-natal abortion (aka: infanticide) is anathema to me as a nurse and as a human being. As nurses, we are DUTY-BOUND to not harm our patients. Isn’t infanticide just that? I will not stand by idly and not be heard on this, and I know that I’m joining a growing number of people who feel the same way.
If I was still working in OB-GYN, I would have to quit my job and find another field of nursing. There is absolutely NO WAY that I will EVER participate in this heinous practice that was passed in NY, approached in VA, and now being seriously considered in IL. BTW, with the bill pending in IL, a caregiver could be PROSECUTED for refusing to take part in infanticide. This goes against the grain of humanity, let alone nursing! What kind of society kills its newborns? I would refuse the assignment, and quit my job — no ands, ifs, ors, or buts there.
I am deeply saddened by the political climate perpetrated by liberals in this country, and the direction that we are heading. I, for one, will NOT BE SILENT!!