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Religion and Birth Control

I have written articles before, about refusal clauses, and women not getting the reproductive care they need based on their medical providers or pharmacists beliefs. This article is about that, only this time, it has happened to me personally.

The doctor I have, I love. The hospital affiliated with my doctor’s office, I love. However, because they are forced to enforce the beliefs of Catholicism, being a Catholic hospital, my medical needs are not being met.

I wrote an article about the new non- invasive sterilization procedure Adiana. I actually was so impressed by it, that by the end of my article and the research I did for it, I knew it was something I wanted to have done myself.

I am a mother of three kids, ranging in ages between nearly 16, and 6. My husband and I are divorcing, and to be frank, I do not want any more kids. I would like to take the worry with regard to pregnancy off me, at this stage in my life.

Little did I know, it would turn into a major fiasco. Several months after asking about having the procedure, I am still waiting. My doctor, and the hospital they are run by, will not do it. It is against Catholic religion, and although I myself am not Catholic, I am inadvertently forced to follow their beliefs.

I am currently awaiting a referral, for a doctor and office that can and will perform the procedure.

In the meantime, being disgusted that I was waiting for a higher form of pregnancy protection, I called my doctors office again. This time, I asked about getting the no estrogen arm implant Norplant. Being over the age of 35, your risk of things like blood clot and stroke increase with any birth control containing estrogen.

I figured if sterilization were not an option through my doctor, at least birth control would be. I was wrong. Apparently, Norplant was taken off the market several months ago. I am not sure why, but you will be able to read all about it, in an upcoming article.

So shot down again, but still determined, I am trying one more time, to get the reproductive care, I feel every women should be entitled too. I called to ask if they at the very least could prescribe me a low estrogen birth control pill. It is not sterilization, it is not a procedure, and it is not permanent.

At the time of this writing, I am still waiting to hear from them, on my new request. I have already told them, that if I cannot get what I am asking for, I am leaving their office and hospital. It is not what I want to do, but I did not want to be refused something based on others beliefs either.

I will let you know the outcome, in the near future. I hope to get a pill prescription today and a referral for the Adiana procedure in the coming days.

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