Newly Graduated Nurse Practitioner, Part 2
As the discussion of moral issues with the new Nurse Practitioner continues, I think all Sixpackers will find this both enlightening and fascinating.
Thank you so much for answering my question!
Now I have another one....(or 2..) By denying a woman a form of healthcare due to religious reasons....would I not, then, be essentially forcing my religion on her? And if not, what could I say to her (and the Board that holds my license), that I’m not providing care for religious reasons and not be accused of denial of care (which would actually ruin my career).
Also, while contraception is used for that reason, the hormones in birth control are also used for other medical reasons....such as dysfunctional uterine bleeding, polycystic ovarian syndrome, to name a couple. Would prescribing oral birth control in that instance be considered a sin if I’m treating a medical condition? Sorry for taking up your time....I’ve been struggling with this since day 1.
Don’t apologize for taking up my time. I’m bound to a wheelchair and do little else beside this. That’s what I’m here for anyway.
You’re not “forcing” your religion on anyone; you’re protecting your own soul, and that is how it should be explained. Only a cold-hearted person would fault you for that. And I’ll ask a rhetorical question: Which is more important, your career or eternity in hell? You could always tell yourself, “I’ll distribute or prescribe contraceptives, then go to confession.” The problem there, though, is that the priest’s absolution has no effect unless you have firm purpose of amendment to not commit the sin again. I’m sorry, XXXXXX, but following Christ isn’t easy. If it were easy, He wouldn’t have so many enemies.
Even if a cold-hearted person would fault you, you can appeal to natural law. Let’s completely remove God and divine law from the subject. Natural law is not due to a formation of religious and social norms. Thanks to natural law, we all know intuitively it’s wrong to lie, steal, unjustly take innocent life, etc. Every law school in America had natural law as a core curriculum until 1973, when the Supreme Court made its infamous rulings on Roe and Bolton creating a constitutional right for abortion. Now only a small handful of law schools teach natural law, and in most of them natural law is either an elective or a non-credit lecture series. Why? Because to teach natural law is to teach future lawyers that abortion is wrong.
In natural law, we know that humans are born male or female for the purpose of generating life, thus perpetuating the species. When the generation of life is impeded, a perversion of human nature exists. This is why homosexual activity and contraception are perversions of nature. And a perversion of nature is wrong for atheists, Christians, Muslims, and everybody else.
I understand your feelings and fears about this. I’ve been faced with the same feelings and fears. Heck, I’ve even had to face the prospect of death for our faith. Trust me, though, the fears flee when you make up your mind to do the right thing.
Regarding the other medical reasons for contraceptives, you need to realize that ALL chemical contraceptives are abortifacient. That’s a proven fact, despite claims to the contrary by Big Pharma and the pro-death lobby. Therefore, there is always the chance of killing a child.
I realize that, say, 14 year old girls are prescribed the pill for some of these conditions, and such a girl is likely not to be engaged in sexual activity. However, when a boyfriend at some point tries to pressure her into sexual activity (and most do), the temptations for her grow exponentially because she tells herself she won’t have to worry about an unwanted pregnancy.
I hope this has helped you. Absolutely do not hesitate asking me anything you need answers to! If I don’t know the answer, I’ll get it. I have access to some of the most brilliant Catholic minds in the world.