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aneed2know 2012/06/30 06:50:24
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"Conscience Clause" Allows Prison Guard to Confiscate a Rape Victim's Morning After Pill

We've watched the definition of "conscience clause" be expanded to include everyone from nurses and data entry workers at hospitals to bus drivers refusing to drop off patients at clinics. But now a prison guard refused to allow a rape victim to take the second dose of emergency contraception (which prevents fertilization) claiming it was "against her beliefs." That's a new one.

Via Addicting Info:

A Tampa woman whom we only know as R.W., was raped. She was treated by the rape crisis center, who gave her two emergency contraception pills, one to be taken immediately and one to be taken 12 hours later. When she reported the rape to the police, they uncovered an arrest warrant on R.W. for failure to pay restitution and failure to appear. After she was arrested, a Hillsborough County guard confiscated her second pill, claiming it was against her religious beliefs.

But this is exactly what happens when "conscience" is allowed to trump a woman's rights to avoid pregnancy. R.W. is suing the sheriff's office, and as well she should. This isn't just about women denied access when jailed (Although that in itself is problematic -- should a woman fear reporting a crime because she may be arrested? Not to mention the fact that women who are sexually assaulted while in jail may also be at the whim of a guard or someone in authorityin obtaining access to emergency contraception to prevent pregnancy).

No, this case also brings to light how those who are "in charge" when it comes to dispensing are able to inflict their own moral beliefs onto someone else. In states like Kansas, which seek to expand conscience clauses well beyond health workers, the putative "rights" if those who wield power are being allowed to trump those of the patient in need.

By Robin Marty | Sourced from RH Reality Check

Posted at June 29, 2012, 1:32 pm


Read More: http://www.alternet.org/newsandviews/article/10022...

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  • Dolly 2012/07/03 19:08:41
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    is totally wrong because now she will have to have an abortion when she gets out or decide what to do with this unwanted child.
  • Sir Bud. 2012/07/02 13:43:58
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    Guards free to impose their own personal moral values onto Citizens and play doctor- effecting and influencing a citizens own values and own body!?.Sounds like Nazism to me.
  • BritPunk 2012/07/02 08:11:49
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    So could a guard who is a Jehovah's Witness refuse to allow a prisoner to have a blood transfusion?
    And how can a prison guard;s personal beliefs trump a doctor's prescribed treatment ??
  • aneed2know BritPunk 2012/07/02 08:24:04
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    That's the USA for you. "Don't trample my religious freedoms, but i can trample all your freedoms based on my religion"?
  • BritPunk aneed2know 2012/07/02 08:32:51
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    Concisely put, old bean, I must remember that one.
  • MO.gal 2012/07/01 02:46:41
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    The guard should be fired, She had no right to deny this woman medication to prevent pregnancy after being raped. The guard's beliefs were of no consequence.
  • #Justice4Trayvon 629 BLOCKT... 2012/07/01 01:27:45
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    Having been a rape victim when I was a teenager, it's very disturbing to me that a prison guard would stand in the way of a rape victim taking the medication that had been prescribed for that detainee.
  • bags the Indigenous Guru 2012/07/01 00:11:41
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    My heart aches for everyone in this story. The young woman, and i pray God she didn't conceive despite that zealot's action. WTF....it's someone else's life, after a RAPE, and YOUR conscience won't let her PREVENT a pregnancy? This isn't abortion! This guard is inappropriate in her position and needs to be relieved of that duty and placed in another position where she cannot have that kind of impact on others lives.

    And I feel badly for the guard. She's so misguided. Poor thing.
  • Kaleokualoha 2012/06/30 23:13:28
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    Totally absurd!
  • luvguins 2012/06/30 22:11:09
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    The religious freaks want to take all freedoms away from women and create a theocracy of the country. The conscience clause is an opening for them, and I'm glad she sued their azzes.
  • TerryAgee 2012/06/30 18:55:07
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    Demons are real!
  • lm1b2 2012/06/30 13:41:55
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    Good for her!
  • aneed2know lm1b2 2012/07/01 04:03:24
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    good for her, who the guard or the rape victim?
  • lm1b2 aneed2know 2012/07/01 22:22:43
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    The Guard Dau!
  • Gloria 2012/06/30 13:37:31
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    The guard should be fired & sued. Who is the guard to force a prisoner & rape victim to be pregnant?
  • Queen B 2012/06/30 13:17:39
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    Just another bs "rule" that gets in the way of the legal right of any woman to prevent or terminate an unwanted pregnancy.
  • twocrows 2012/06/30 13:16:31
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    may she be fired. and sued. and may someone else then insert him/herself into her life and tell her how she must live it - every day - until the day she dies.

    now there's a just sentence.
  • Keeping It Real 2012/06/30 13:11:54 (edited)
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    This is another way to trample on women rights!
  • Q 2012/06/30 10:48:38
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    unfrigging believable!

    How she could possibly think that her religious beliefs trump the prisoners legal right to prevent fertilization caused by rape is beyond me? These religious zealots are out of control, I hope she's fired and that the Sheriffs office gives this poor woman a very large settlement check.
     relgious anti birth control zealots
  • NarcolepticGoat 2012/06/30 10:33:31
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    aren't there laws regarding the rights of a prisoner to access to doctor prescribed medication?
  • Cyan9 Narcole... 2012/06/30 15:34:47 (edited)
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    Actually the answer is no. Someone I was close to died because the prison decided to change his heart medication. Here is something a little bit more authoritative than personal anecdote: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/0...
  • Narcole... Cyan9 2012/06/30 15:57:11
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    There damn well should be a law. Withholding life saving meds is murder pure and simple.
  • #Justic... Cyan9 2012/07/01 02:02:49
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    Dang, why am I not surprised that those deaths in upstate NY jails happened when Republican George Pataki was governor. What is it with these Republican governors & for-profit prisons/prison healthcare services.
  • aneed2know Narcole... 2012/07/01 04:08:42
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    Cyan is right prisoners basically have no rights, in fact there is a private prison being sued because they denied medical service to a prisoner when he was having a violent epileptic seizure. they would not let the EMTs enter the prison and there was no prison nurse or doctor on duty. To top it all off the prisoner who died was scheduled to be rlease free and clear in 3 months.
  • Narcole... aneed2know 2012/07/01 13:14:16
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    he was murdered
  • katywon 2012/06/30 08:51:03
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    Conscience clause ok, give the med. to someone else. First of all there is no fetus formed yet . And why would anyone want another to have a baby by a rapist/
  • prayer ... katywon 2012/06/30 20:37:08
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    Ok I hold that life is sacred but she had no right to interfere in another person's business
  • katywon prayer ... 2012/06/30 23:06:21
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    I agree but I also don't want to make such decisions for other people. But if I was in the position to be giving the meds I would give it as ordered unless it was arsenic or something I believed might harm the person. That does not include Birth Control pills.
  • prayer ... katywon 2012/07/01 04:08:49
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    Amen to your statement
  • aneed2know prayer ... 2012/07/01 04:19:29
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    you know that is the opinion everyone should hold, its no one else's business what some one does with their body. but she had no right even if she held your position.
  • prayer ... aneed2know 2012/07/01 04:26:59
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    Agreed.
    Here is something sweet I have been having a discussion with a conservative that gas has doubled under Obama and I finally had to inform him that in July 2008 gas was $4.34 and $4.11 under G W Bush. I advised him not to believe all the conservative propaganda and since he accepts things without proof his entire statement is suspect. I then told him to quit breathing sand it causes brain damage.
  • aneed2know prayer ... 2012/07/01 04:28:06
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    great advice
  • mama sew,gung ho 2012/06/30 06:55:59
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    Tell em,"Get their Beliefs outa our personal business!"That's what I think about MORONS!

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