Friday, February 22, 2019

A Nurse Tells Her Story

Ann Campbell, Nurse, Ireland

Before I took up my current employment as a nurse, I mentioned that on conscientious grounds I do not give the Morning after pill. I continue to explain my conscientious objection to doctors, pharmacists, nurses and where possible to women who want the morning after pill.

As a nurse I have a moral duty of care to a mother and her unborn child/ children if a twin/triplet pregnancy is conceived. All human life must be protected from conception to natural death. The moral law must always be obeyed. Not the civil law here when unborn life is threatened.

Medication tries to heal, prevent disease and helps relieve pain, but this pill does not do this – to quote from the information leaflet with Levonelle 1500 it states: “ one of the ways it is thought to work is stopping a fertilised egg from attaching itself to your womb lining.” This is chemical abortion with intent. How many health care professional including pharmacists explain this to women including the unknown harmful effects on women’s fertility and health?

I am mindful of the statement from Pontifical Council for Life:

           “ From the ethical standpoint the same absolute unlawfulness of abortifacient procedures also applies to distributing, prescribing and taking the morning-after pill. All who, whether sharing the intention or not, directly co-operate with this procedure, are also morally responsible for it." - “Statement on the So-Called Morning After Pill,” Vatican Pontifical Council for Life, October 31, 2000.

I am your creator. You were in my care before you were born. Isaiah 44:2.