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I went top the pub to wave a colleague off to another job and I come back to this.

No. Not the presidential inauguration. (Tho' I hope Obama and his team does a better job than GW- then again he can't be much worse. surely? surely?)

Nope. It was the news via Pharyngula that Sylvia Olona of the Presbyterian Health Services Rio Rancho Family Health Center in New Mexico removes her patients IUDs. Without their consent.

"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."

Now I don't know much about IUDs, but I'd assume that they don't just "accidentally come out when I tug". Or indeed, that in order to adjust one that much tugging is involved. She's being sued for removing one without consent. And it isn't the first time. Until now I didn't know entirely how IUDs worked. (I'd been told that it was an anti-implantation technique- which, it turns out, is wrong). But I'm not a nurse. I'm not expected to know exactly how individual methods of contraception work as part of my day-to-day job. This woman's career is based on the fact that she has this kind of information at her fingertips. And she's this ignorant of her own specialism? And uses her ignorance to determine the course of other women's lives?

If these allegations are true this woman should lose her licence. If half the allegations are true she should be struck off.

If Obama does nothing else in his first 100 days, I'll be glad if he removes the "provider conscience rule" that means people like this can ride roughshod over someone else because their personal (and clearly ill-informed) beliefs somehow trump someone else's decisions about their own body. The most frightening thing is that this kind of crap is already affecting people.

Date: 2009-01-21 04:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pseudonecro.livejournal.com
It really angers me that there are nurses out there that will not let a woman choose what contraception to choose on her own body. Abortion my arse! I happen to have a IUD and trust me, they don't just just "accidentally pull out" like that. They are devices designed to stay in place for five years, and when its time for one to come out, it needs a bit more than just an accidental tug...

Date: 2009-01-21 11:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ginasketch.livejournal.com
shudder.

Hope next time she does it one hits her in the eye.

Date: 2009-01-21 11:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] invadergaz.livejournal.com
Perfect marketing idea: the Sanctified IUD for use by Christian Women -can't be too hard to rend a cross from copper, and with minimal efford, one can include the needs of all christian denominations -plain cross for Protestants, crucifix for Roman Catholics, and even the Eastern cross for orthodox christians.
Surly, no one can tell you off for wanting to wear the cross of christ, can they??

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