I am almost done RN school - one semester and a few practicums left. In the past (before returning to the church), I have cared for a woman who had had a therapeutic abortion. I will be doing another surgical rotation this summer, and will probably care for a variety of patients, some of which may have had things like abortion, depending on which surgical floor I’m placed on.
I have a feeling I’m not supposed to care for patients who have had abortions, based on Catholic beliefs. However, it seems that those beliefs also mean I should love and care for everyone who comes into my care, even if I do not agree with their actions. For all I know, they may be a lapsed Catholic, and me showing compassion may help them realize the error of their ways down the road and come back to the church.
My school is NOT spiritually based in any way - I am pretty sure I would receive an “unsatisfactory” (which is essentially a fail) if I refused care for a patient, meaning I would not be able to pass onto the next practicum or semester.
I’m really torn, because I cannot really see it as a sin to be doing my duty caring for people, even though they’ve done something I see as a sin. I don’t know if that makes sense.