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“I accidentally pulled out your IUD…”

Salon’s Broadsheet featured a story recently about a New Mexico nurse who may or may not have deliberately removed a patient’s IUD because of a personal belief that “they cause abortions.”  The article reminds us that the “provider conscience” rule which went into effect this week.

“The rule allows workers to withhold information about abortion, and to refuse to prescribe (and pharmacists to refuse to dispense) birth control. It also extends the right to refuse to participate in an abortion to all healthcare workers — not just doctors and nurses, who already have that legal right, but even ‘an employee whose task it is to clean the instruments.'”

Do you agree with premise, and the promise, behind the provider conscience rule? On a separate note, do you believe the nurse who removed the IUD should be responsible for replacing it?


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