Monday, July 27, 2009

Violation and betrayal

32,617 pass nursing licensure exams

Congratulations to the new nurses.
We hope and pray that you wouldn't come into a situation where you will be forced to assist in an abortion.


"It felt like a horror film unfolding," said Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, 35, who claims she has had gruesome nightmares and hasn't been able to sleep since the May 24 incident.

The married mother of a year-old baby was 30 minutes into her early-morning shift when she realized she had been assigned to an abortion. She begged her supervisor to find a replacement nurse for the procedure. The hospital had a six-hour window to find a fill-in, the suit says.

Bosses told the weeping Cenzon-DeCarlo the patient was 22 weeks into her pregnancy and had preeclampsia, a condition marked by high blood pressure that can lead to seizures or death if left untreated.

The supervisor "claimed that the mother could die if [Cenzon-DeCarlo] did not assist in the abortion."

But the nurse, the niece of a Filipino bishop, contends that the patient's life was not in danger. She argued that the patient was not even on magnesium therapy, a common treatment for preeclampsia, and did not have problems indicating an emergency.

Her pleas were rejected, and instead she was threatened with career-ending charges of insubordination and patient abandonment, according to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court.

Feeling threatened, Cenzon-DeCarlo assisted in the procedure.

She said she later learned that the hospital's own records deemed the procedure "Category II," which is not considered immediately life threatening.

"I felt violated and betrayed," she recalled. "I couldn't believe that this could happen."

True enough, our poor kababayan should have enough reason to feel violated and betrayed.

May justice stand for her. She will need prayers.

Likewise for the aborted child who suffered the most violation and betrayal.


sunnyday said...

Sinabi na nga ba, she looked Filipino in the photo you posted in fb eh! But the article Manny earlier posted was from another source and it made no mention of her lineage, though her name sounded Filipino.

Filipino or not, what a horrible experience for her. When will cases like this end? Freedom of Choice daw... More like Freedom to Kill -- that's what the present US government is pushing.

WillyJ said...

Spot on sunnyday.

Early this year when he reversed the "Mexico Policy" (disallowing foreign funding for abortions) , Obama stated: "We are reminded that this decision not only protects women's health and reproductive freedom but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters. I remain committed to protecting a woman's right to choose,"

He means the "right to choose" -- to kill.