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The patient was a 16-year-old girl. I remember how they took the four-month-old fetus from her and dumped it in a silver kidney dish. The baby gasped and put its little hand out. It seemed to be looking for something to hold onto and all it had was the cold metal of the kidney dish for comfort, before it died. I knew that the baby had died when the little hand slipped off the side of the dish. ... It was then that I realized that nursing was not for me.
Originally posted by RobertF
reply to post by halfoldman
An even better question: why would some one who opposes abortion work in an establishment that performed abortions?
Health workers are under no obligation to perform or take active part in an abortion if they do not wish to, however they are obligated by law to assist if it is required to save the life of the patient, even if the emergency is related to an abortion. A health worker who is approached by a woman for an abortion, may decline if they choose to do so, but are obligated by law to inform the woman of her rights and refer her to another health worker or facility where she can get the abortion.
Originally posted by halfoldman
As a male, and particularly as a gay male, I consider abortion a female issue, and I never thought I would have to think much about it.
Nevertheless, I'm wondering about a career in nursing, and how this works nowadays?
...abortion has been legal in SA, I think since 1997 Yet, despite some decreases, the maternal death rate from abortions is still high - 57 percent of women who die from abortions die from illegal and backstreet abortions. How can this be?