An OB/GYN who doesn't prescribe contraceptives. That's funny.
...sterilization and contraception is part of the career...
...I'm pretty sure the law requires a doctor to refer a pt to someone who offers those services. So, even if you wont do ABs [abortions], you have to refer the pt to someone who does....
...you may have difficulty getting enough continuity patients as many patients in a resident OB/GYN clinic are seeking contraception. At my institution, you have to log continuity patients.
...you have the viewpoint of a student with no real experience.
...you should not join a field in which the scope of practice is such that they will be placed in a position where they are unwilling to provide care (I'm talking about contraception) or refer for care (abortion) frequently. I just can not get over how selfish this is. How many other specialties could you do where yours and your patient's interest not be constantly opposed. Unless you are planning to do some fellowship like gynecologic oncology or reproductive endocrinology, being an OBGYN who will not prescribe contraception or refer for abortion is unconscionable. You will end up blocking your patient's access to the care they desire. Go into some other specialty!
Our Lady of la Salette, a remarkable apparition
because our Lady appeared seated and crying
with her head in her hands before
standing to speak to the visionaries.
This statue is how I feel when I read these quotes!
I am a Catholic OB/GYN resident but I don't have a problem with contraception or sterilization. If you do, then OB/GYN will be a difficult residency for you because that is what you are going to be an expert in. I also happen to think Humanae Vitae was a misguided encyclical. I think that at some point in the future the Church's prohibition on contraception will change.
And pressure doesn't come just from the strangers online. My mom increasingly asks, "are you sure you want to do this? Don't you think you'll have nothing to do? I'm not sure this is the right thing for you."
And my shadowing experience with Dr. C ended on a slightly sour note because I am a Catholic and believe the Church's teachings. On the last day I shadowed him, I expressed my admiration for explaining to a patient why he could not prescribe an IUD for her.
He thanked me, then asked me about being Catholic. Wouldn't that restrict me?
Restrict? Not doing something harmful is not a restriction, it is a freedom. Yes, I admitted aloud (I've learned not to get philosophical right away in these conversations). I won't prescribe birth control. He raised his eyebrows. I mentioned the two aspects of the sexual act (unitive and procreative) and that the Church believes they should not be separated. He picked up the next patient's chart and as he went through the exam room door, he turned around to me and said, "so tubals would be a problem, too." All I had time for (before we were in the exam room talking with the patient) was a quick and quiet "yes."
That afternoon, one of his patients went into labor. I was very excited until I thought I heard that she was having a tubal after delivery. I quietly asked Dr. C if the patient was going to have a tubal. He simply answered "yes," not meeting my eyes. I said, "in that case, I think I should be excused." I tried to be polite and thanked him for his time (and sent thank-you notes as planned), but I had no idea how to pick up the psychosocial shards of the relationship that had just shattered. Where can I find a mentor who accepts me?
Long story short: becoming a pro-life OB/GYN is apparently going to be a challenge. But I am not deterred. Our Lady (at la Salette) is reported to have said:
How can you say no to our Lady proposing such a wonderful fight? Challenge accepted!
...I call upon the true imitators of Christ made man, the one true Savior of men; I call upon my children, my true devotees, those who have given themselves to me so that I may lead them to my Divine Son, those whom I bear as it were in my arms, those who have lived in my spirit...the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in contempt of the world and of themselves, in poverty and humility, in contempt and silence, in prayer and mortification, in chastity and in union with God, in suffering, and unknown to the world. It is time for them to emerge and come enlighten the earth. Go, show yourselves to be my dear children; I am with you and in you, provided your faith is the light enlightening you in these evil times. May your zeal make your famished for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ. Do battle, children of light, you, the few who see thereby....
Our Lady of la Salette. (CastleRoy)