Theresa Smigo, a nurse at Philly Pregnancy Center’s Norristown clinic, was caught on video expressing doubt about the severity of Jillian Rightmyer’s pregnancy-related pain and suggesting it would be “fraud” if she missed work due to the pain.
The video, which gained widespread attention in October, depicted a conflict between a Black, Muslim pregnant woman and a white healthcare provider, sparking outrage.
The Confrontation That Went Viral
Rightmyer, 25, had visited the Norristown clinic seeking a doctor’s note to begin maternity leave early due to extreme back pain in her third trimester.
She Was Rudely Interrogated
“What were you thinking about when you got pregnant — that you were not going to work?” nurse practitioner Theresa Smigo questioned Rightmyer while they were both in the clinic’s lobby, waiting for the note.
It Was Horribly Insensitive
Rightmyer, taken aback by the insensitivity of the remark, swiftly responded, defending her position and highlighting the differences in their circumstances.
“But am I you?” Rightmyer retorted. “Are you me? Do you know how I feel?” Her words served as a reminder that personal experiences and perspectives can differ significantly.
The Nurses Response
Unfazed by the impact of her words, Smigo callously remarked, “Because I stuck my hand in there and checked your cervix,” accompanied by a chuckle.
This dismissive response further demonstrated a lack of empathy and professionalism on Smigo’s part.
Pregnant Women Everywhere Are Outraged
The video sparked criticism from viewers around the world.
“I can’t believe she caused a pregnant woman this type of stress she belongs nowhere near any pregnant woman or woman EVER!” one outraged viewer wrote.
Pregnancy Is No Joke
“I was in horrible pain a nausea during both my pregnancies till birth. I’m so tired of these people thinking every pregnancy is the same,” another said.
Taking the Fight to the Court
Faced with such mistreatment, Rightmyer has decided to pursue justice through the legal system.
She has filed a lawsuit against Smigo, the Philly Pregnancy Centers, and other relevant parties involved in the incident.
This legal action aims to hold accountable those responsible for the discriminatory treatment and inadequate support Rightmyer endured during her visit to the clinic.
It Was so Disrespectful
“That nurse was absolutely disrespectful and unprofessional. I’m so sorry this happened to you. The nurse was angry things didn’t go her way,” someone added.
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