As a legally sanctioned medical practice, we may at some time during our career be expected to participate in it, directly and/or indirectly.
At some point, we may be forced to choose between fulfilling our employer’s expectations and/or doing what we believe to be is right.
I’m not going to argue for or against Roe v. Wade nor will I try to change your mind in relation to abortion. Instead, we should discuss and debate it.
Although the practice of abortion may sway to and fro in the political winds, it won’t go away, at least in the foreseeable future.
Right and Wrong
Due to the nature of our profession, we must sometimes navigate through the tumultuous seas and treacherous waters of right and wrong.
As professionals in the 21st century, we’re often expected to tote the corporate party line, fulfill vocational obligations, and permit our employers to dictate right from wrong, especially in healthcare.
Nonetheless, we ultimately choose our actions and control our own destiny. In the end, we decide right from wrong.
Politics and Religion
In the United States today, discussing politics and religion together is taboo and often frowned upon by our family, friends, and colleagues as social faux pas.
In nursing school, we skipped over abortion because it was deemed too divisive, a practice synonymous with ignoring it altogether.
Currently, we’re stuck in a culture reluctant to engage in potentially divisive discussion, a practice which thwarts compromise, if not making it altogether impossible.
We may never solve the abortion conundrum, but we should at least understand our arguments for and against it.