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Thread: Rape Victim Denied Morning After Pill By Prison Guard

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    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.
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    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.

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    The guard should lose her job, for daring to impose her beliefs on anyone else.
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    That guard is not protected under that clause. Period.
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    Quote Originally Posted by greysfang View Post
    That guard is not protected under that clause. Period.
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    Separation of church/beliefs and state. If you're so obsessed with your beliefs, don't get a job in a place run by the government.
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    The major difference with the guard from a pharmacist is that a patient can go elsewhere to have the prescription filled or with a bus driver they can say drop me off and I'll walk to the clinic. With this situation the woman was literally at the mercy of the prison guard and had no other options, and the one she did have the guard denied it because she didn't like it. The guard wouldn't want me on that civil jury.
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    I have a problem with the police doing a check for warrants when she reported the rape.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Kill Me View Post
    I have a problem with the police doing a check for warrants when she reported the rape.
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    Especially for restitution and a FTA. If she had an outstanding murder warrant, okay, but for something that they could just deal with later? Sorry, but that by the book stuff is crap when you're arresting a rape victim because they didn't pay their tickets or some shit.
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    Reading this just made my blood pressure sky rocket. What a fucking cunt that guard is.
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