Alex Blaze

Another Culture War Chickenhawk

Filed By Alex Blaze | January 21, 2009 2:30 PM | comments

Filed in: The Movement
Tags: chickenhawk, contraception, culture wars, iud, New Mexico, sylvia olona, women

Here's another example of a right-winger who thinks that her personal morality means she can violate another person's body. At least she's being sued.

The patient went to the Presbyterian Health Services Rio Rancho Family Health Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico, and saw nurse practitioner Sylvia Olona. Her request: Simply to shorten the strings on her IUD for greater comfort.

The result? Nurse Olona took it upon herself to remove the troublesome device. Why? Simple, Nurse Olona told her patient:

"Having the IUD come out was a good thing [because] I personally do not like IUDs. I feel they are a type of abortion. I don't know how you feel about abortion, but I am against them. ...What the IUD does is take the fertilized egg and pushes it out of the uterus."

An IUD is a safe, long-term form of contraception that millions of women use worldwide. It requires a medical professional to insert it into the uterus, so a nurse pulling it out is more than a mere annoyance, it requires another nurse or a doctor to help this person out.

But this nurse was doing more than just wasting everyone's time. This patient (and many other patients, as the nurse implied in her own response) are having their medical rights violated because some nurse felt like she could not only impose her definition of abortion on someone else (an IUD is not abortion, it's contraception), but also could just act on her own beliefs, everyone else's autonomy be damned.

Which I guess would all be well and good if she just honestly stated what she was doing so she could be fired. But nurse Olona has taken to lying.

"As soon as Defendant Olona began speaking to (the plaintiff), she questioned her about her choice of contraception.

"As Defendant Olona began the procedure, (the plaintiff) felt Olona pull on the strings of the IUD. (The plaintiff) felt a distinct pulling on the strings followed by a sharp pain in her uterus similar to a very strong menstrual cramp.

"As that happened, Defendant Olona stated, 'Uh oh, I accidentally pulled out your IUD. I gently tugged and out it came.' She then explained, 'I cut the string than went back and gently pulled and out it came. It must have not been in properly.'[...]

'Everyone in the office always laughs and tells me I pull these out on purpose because I am against them, but it's not true, they accidentally come out when I tug.'

I'm sure it's hilarious when the inside of your body and your personal, adult decision to not get pregnant have been violated by a pro-life nut on a crusade.

But that's not quite how the patient recalls events...

"Defendant Olona told (the plaintiff) that it was better that she did not have the IUD because she could now use a "non-abortion" form of contraception. Defendant Olona suggested the deprovera (depo) [sic] shot or the pill, and made clear that she would not insert a new IUD."

She's worried about her "personal" likes and dislikes, and feels that they override other people's choices and likes and dislikes. If she really thought these devices were murder, as pro-lifers say they do, then she should have straight up said that to her employer and she'd never be assigned to patients who need adjustments done to their IUD's.

Or she could have made a stink about how she didn't want to do it, lose her job, sue her employer, and made a stink at trial about how these devices are abortion and how she shouldn't be punished because she was taking a stand against murders. The US has a long history of civil disobedience, and if she wanted to participate, that would be how to do it. And, yeah, sure, that wouldn't change the world, but at least she wouldn't be violating others to enact her vision for America.

Instead, she just wants to enact her personal beliefs on other people's bodies and then keep her victims silent by claiming it was an accident. With only two people in the room it's her word against her patient's about what went on down there, and she seems ready to take her bad denial all the way to court.

The whole "I don't know why they accidentally come out" shtick is creepy as hell, and it's also cowardly enough to make nurse Olona an official Culture War Chickenhawk. Sorry, nurse, but when you try to win your Culture War with violence on women's bodies (and let's be clear about what this is), you'd better be ready to come clean about it. Otherwise, we can't really respect this as a war - it's just you trying to bully others into agreeing with you.

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At the least I smell a nice malpractice suit against the clinic for allowing an unqualified nurse to handle a medical procedure that she admits she is not properly trained to perform, since she confesses freely that she is "always accidently pulling them out"

Just more of the same from the religiofacist element. Most of them will scream and moan about big government interfering with their lives, telling them what to do and imposing all manner of regulations on them. then they turn around and figure it is all right for them to do the same for someone else in the name of 'morality' and 'family values'.

F**k them and the god they rode into town on.

Tyranny and oppresion is wrong, no matter what reason or in whose name it is done. If someone feels that their concience will not allow them to perform the duties of their job, then they need to look for another profession.

This kind of thing turns my stomach. With so many qualified and honest people trying to find work, I hope Nurse Olona loses her job, her license and her savings and gets to spend the rest of her life flipping burgers. Better an honest health care provider should have that position.

Nurse Olona should be sued, should lose, and should lose her right to work in a medical facility ever again. Had she done that to my wife, I would have punched Olona's lights out (and, sometimes, that really is what needs to be done to such people). She had no right under any sort of medical law or precedent to go above and beyond the patient's authorization or request without medical reason, even under Bush's recent bird cage liner resolution.

If Olona objected morally to IUDs, then she should not have consented to work in an area of the facility or a doctor who handles obstetrics and gynecology.

I will also point out the Depo-Provera is not good medicine.
Many T people have been prescribed this medicine as part of their hormone replacement therapy, and many have had adverse physical and psychological reactions to it, as have many non-trans women. I have personally witnessed T women who became suicidal on Provera, and who stabilized on progesterone USP when substituted. But perhaps Nurse Olona feels that women who seek birth control should be depressed and violent (a couple of the noted effects of Depo-Provera). If she, to hell with her.

Melanie Davis | January 21, 2009 5:14 PM

Late night Christian TV watching yields many messages of waging a war on the ethical and moral front here in America and around the world. So, what's our game plan?



Yeah, we're screwed.

No informed consent for the removal granted, the proceedure constitutes an assault.


The nurse should be charged, her license should be permanently forfeit.

But then, we do have to remember that God is i the mix...

I have nothing particularly intelligent to say, because I'm seething ... you know, I don't believe in the prison industrial complex, but something needs to be done about this woman. I wish I could say, "Make her work in an abortion clinic as punishment," but I'm terrified to think of what she might do there.

internal exile to Utah?

I am beginning to believe that we ought to use that as a policy for all right wing terrorists....

Monday, March 31, 2008

Mrs. WILSON of New Mexico. Madam Speaker, in honor of Women's History Month, I asked New Mexicans to send me nominations of women in New Mexico who have given special service to our community, but may have never received recognition for their good deeds.

On Tuesday, March 25, 2008, I had the honor and privilege of recognizing sixty-one worthy nominations describing sacrifices and contributions these women have made for our community. The people who nominated the women describe the dedication they have witnessed: volunteer hours for veteran's services, service on non-profit boards, homeless programs, mentors for young women, health care providers going above the call of duty, child advocates, volunteers at churches and synagogues, successful business women, wives, mothers and friends.

Allow me to share information about this year's nominees:

Sylvia M. Olona--Sylvia is a dedicated Physician's Assistant who travels throughout New Mexico to provide health care to residents when no physician is available. She provides a much needed service in rural New Mexico.

Poster's note: Heather Wilson was involved in the Prosecutor Firing Scandal....

Perhaps if she can't work with IUDs, it's time for her to find another profession. Can you imagine the surgeon who kept saying, "I don't know why I keep pulling [X] out, but everyone always laughs when I do it!"


I'm appalled by the personal violation this represents, and the betrayal of trust that is fundamental to the health care. And then for the nurse to lie about it!

I'm too angry to write more.

This sort of behaviour is totally disgusting. Why is it that people think that they can mess around with other peoples bodys and lives. i hope she goes down for a long time.