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Illinois nurse resigns after bragging that she will not prescribe Viagra to white conservative men

Illinois hospital nurse resigns after being convicted of bragging that she refused to prescribe VIAGRA to ‘white men who vote conservative’

  • Shawna Harris, a registered nurse in Illinois, resigns after tweeting that she will not prescribe Viagra to white conservative men
  • Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center announced Harris’ resignation in a joint statement apologizing for the ‘discriminatory’ tweet
  • The controversial tweet was sent hours after the Supreme Court overthrown Roe v. Wade on Friday

An Illinois nurse resigned Monday after posting a controversial tweet promising not to prescribe Viagra to conservative white men.

‘I prescribe medication. I can also choose not to prescribe them,” the designated nurse, Shawna Harris, tweeted Friday night.

“So… from now on… if you’re a white man voting conservative, your penis should ask God for the power to rise. No more Viagra.’

Harris, according to her LinkedIn profile, worked at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center for nearly nine years before the social media incident on Friday.

Illinois nurse Shawna Harris resigned Monday after posting a controversial tweet promising not to prescribe Viagra to conservative white men.

Illinois nurse Shawna Harris resigned Monday after posting a controversial tweet promising not to prescribe Viagra to conservative white men.

Controversial tweet claiming

Controversial tweet claiming “no more Viagra” for conservative white men gained traction and was deemed “discriminatory” by Harris’ workplace

The tweet went viral and was eventually deemed “discriminatory” by Sarah Lincoln Bush Health Center.

Harris apologized for her comment, claiming she had “let her personal feelings out” and that her actions had tarnished the hospital’s reputation.

“Those hateful words are not in line with the way I have cared for my patients,” Harris wrote in a statement from the hospital.

“I have resigned and know that my patients will be well taken care of,” she added.

Harris has since deleted the tweet and deactivated her Twitter account. The former Illinois nurse was also removed from the Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center website.

Harris apologized Monday, claiming she had

Harris apologized Monday, claiming she had “leaked her personal feelings.” Harris was a nurse at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center for nearly nine years before announcing her resignation Monday

Hospital president Jerry Esker echoed Harris's apologies on behalf of the hospital, claiming

Hospital president Jerry Esker echoed Harris’s apologies on behalf of the hospital, claiming “discriminatory practices will not be tolerated”

Jerry Esker, president and CEO of SBL, apologized for Harris’s comment and promised that the hospital will provide care “to everyone regardless of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, income, national origin, cultural personal values, beliefs and preferences’.

Discriminatory practices will not be tolerated. We are sorry that this issue has caused such a stir. We stand by our mission and provide care for everyone,” said Esker.

The controversial tweet was sent hours after the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade — the landmark 1973 case that gave women the right to have abortions.

The right to abortion is now up to elected representatives of the state to decide.

Abortion was automatically banned in 18 US states once Roe v. Wade was quashed, thanks to specially designed “trigger laws” and landmark bans that were automatically reintroduced after Friday’s ruling.

Abortion bans in those states will now become law within 30 days unless blocked by state judges.

A judge in Louisiana on Monday temporarily blocked the state from banning abortions despite the trigger law, and a Utah judge followed closely, blocking the state ban for 14 days.

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