Clinical placements

A clinical placement with BPAS made me reflect on my feelings about abortion

Spending a day at a British Pregnancy Advisory Service clinic helped nursing student Becky Martinez gain perspective on her role in supporting patients, recognise women’s right to decide, and realise the need to set aside her own reservations about it

Spending a day at a British Pregnancy Advisory Service clinic helped nursing student Becky Martinez gain perspective on her role in supporting patients, recognise women’s right to decide, and realise the need to set aside her own reservations about it

During a clinical placement at a sexual health and contraception clinic, my mentor suggested I spend a day at a British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) clinic, where abortions are carried out.

I have strong feelings about abortion, so was initially reluctant to do it. But after thinking about it I realised that as a nurse I would need to support patients in making decisions about their care, including terminating a pregnancy, and it was important to be able put my own feelings to one side.

I wanted to ensure I could support patients objectively, even if I disagreed with

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