In response to the recent story in which a Vermont Medical Center nurse was forced to perform an abortion, Vice has written a piece stating that "we need to be more discerning about who is worthy of serving the public." In an article titled "If You Don't Want to Provide Abortions, Don't Go Into Healthcare," author Monica R. McLemore makes the argument that nurses who don't provide abortions for patients are not willing to provide necessary medical procedures and therefore not suitable to be medical professionals.
She defines healthcare as any procedure that happens under medical supervision. This is obviously ridiculous because any number of things can happen under the supervision of medical professionals and it would not have to be considered healthcare simply due to that person's presence. This assumption is dangerous and we should be careful to protect the right of medical practitioners to object to performing abortions. Click here for more.