Here's another example of a right-winger who thinks that her personal morality means she can violate another person's body. At least she's being sued.
The patient went to the Presbyterian Health Services Rio Rancho Family Health Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and saw nurse practitioner Sylvia Olona. Her request: Simply to shorten the strings on her IUD for greater comfort.
The result? Nurse Olona took it upon herself to remove the troublesome device. Why? Simple, Nurse Olona told her patient:
"Having the IUD come out was a good thing [because] 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."
An IUD is a safe, long-term form of contraception that millions of women use worldwide. It requires a medical professional to insert it into the uterus, so a nurse pulling it out is more than a mere annoyance, it requires another nurse or a doctor to help this person out.
But this nurse was doing more than just wasting everyone's time. This patient (and many other patients, as the nurse implied in her own response) are having their medical rights violated because some nurse felt like she could not only impose her definition of abortion on someone else (an IUD is not abortion, it's contraception), but also could just act on her own beliefs, everyone else's autonomy be damned.
Which I guess would all be well and good if she just honestly stated what she was doing so she could be fired. But nurse Olona has taken to lying.
"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.'[...]
'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.'
I'm sure it's hilarious when the inside of your body and your personal, adult decision to not get pregnant have been violated by a pro-life nut on a crusade.
But that's not quite how the patient recalls events...
"Defendant Olona told (the plaintiff) that it 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."
She's worried about her "personal" likes and dislikes, and feels that they override other people's choices and likes and dislikes. If she really thought these devices were murder, as pro-lifers say they do, then she should have straight up said that to her employer and she'd never be assigned to patients who need adjustments done to their IUD's.
Or she could have made a stink about how she didn't want to do it, lose her job, sue her employer, and made a stink at trial about how these devices are abortion and how she shouldn't be punished because she was taking a stand against murders. The US has a long history of civil disobedience, and if she wanted to participate, that would be how to do it. And, yeah, sure, that wouldn't change the world, but at least she wouldn't be violating others to enact her vision for America.
Instead, she just wants to enact her personal beliefs on other people's bodies and then keep her victims silent by claiming it was an accident. With only two people in the room it's her word against her patient's about what went on down there, and she seems ready to take her bad denial all the way to court.
The whole "I don't know why they accidentally come out" shtick is creepy as hell, and it's also cowardly enough to make nurse Olona an official Culture War Chickenhawk. Sorry, nurse, but when you try to win your Culture War with violence on women's bodies (and let's be clear about what this is), you'd better be ready to come clean about it. Otherwise, we can't really respect this as a war - it's just you trying to bully others into agreeing with you.