As both the Courthouse News Service and RH Reality Check report, an openly anti-choice nurse is currently in the process of being sued, along with the practice she works for. The plaintiff is a patient who had her IUD “accidentally” removed by the nurse, who then refused to put it back in.
The plaintiff says she went to Rio Rancho to have the strings on her IUD shortened.
The complaint states: “As soon as Defendant Olona began speaking to (the plaintiff), she questioned her about her choice of contraception.
“As Defendant Olona began the procedure, (the plaintiff) felt Olona pull on the strings of the IUD. (The plaintiff) felt a distinct pulling on the strings followed by a sharp pain in her uterus similar to a very strong menstrual cramp.
“As that happened, Defendant Olona stated, ‘Uh oh, I accidentally pulled out your IUD. I gently tugged and out it came.’ She then explained, ‘I cut the string than went back and gently pulled and out it came. It must have not been in properly.’
“Olona then stated, ‘having the IUD come out was a good thing.’ She asked (the plaintiff) if she wanted to hear her ‘take’ on the situation. Without receiving a response, Defendant Olona stated, ‘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.’
[. . .]
“Defendant Olona told (the plaintiff) that is was better that she did not have the IUD because she could now use a “non-abortion” form of contraception. Defendant Olona suggested the deprovera (depo) [sic] shot or the pill, and made clear that she would not insert a new IUD.”
First of all, there’s no proof that an IUD does in fact have this effect on a fertilized egg — and the argument that it does is rather similar to those made by anti-choicers about emergency contraception and other hormonal birth control also being the same as abortion. Which is pretty ironic, since the nurse doesn’t seem to have a problem with those kinds of contraception.
Secondly, the nurse admits not only to having pulled out the IUD, but also to having done it repeatedly in the past.
“Defendant Olona stated, ‘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.’
Hmm, maybe that’s because you keep improperly tugging on them really, really hard?
Even Planned Parenthood’s website states in big bold letters that you should not tug on the strings. So I feel like that had to have been taught at some point when the nurse was first being instructed on how to shorten the IUD strings. I also feel that even if it hadn’t been taught, she would have figured it out by now and stopped doing it if removing the IUD was not her intention. Not that the practice she works for seems to give a shit either way. (Oh, that silly Nurse Olona! Always pulling out patients’ IUDs without their consent, tee-hee!)
Of course, if the nurse is so opposed to IUDs, she’s also perfectly free to find another line of work. Or, since she works for a practice, to kindly ask another nurse to take the appointment from her. Or, ludicrous though it may sound, to divorce her personal feelings about IUDs and “abortion” from her job, and to just do it properly without assaulting women.
Personally, like Lauredhel, I’m concerned with why Olona hasn’t been charged criminally as well as civilly. And the really scary thing is that while the practice she works for has made the unforgivable error of letting this nurse keep her job, under the new HHS rule — which goes into effect tomorrow and protects anti-choice health care workers from employer “discrimination” based on their personally-determined definitons of abortion — a publicly funded clinic just might not be able to fire her.
As RH Reality Check also questions, how bad are things going to get once the regulation is in effect if health care providers are already so severely breaking the rules and violating patients’ rights now?
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