Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Vanderbilt Forces Abortion on Nursing Students

A Christian legal group filed a civil rights complaint Tuesday against Vanderbilt, alleging that the school's medical center is requiring applicants to its nurse residency program to promise to participate in abortion procedures.

UPDATE 1/12/11: Vanderbilt issues policy to allow right of conscience exemption

-- From "Vanderbilt's abortion clause in nursing program application brings complaint" by Brandon Gee, The Tennessean 1/12/11

The Alliance Defense Fund, acting on behalf of an unnamed Mississippi woman applying to the program, says that Vanderbilt's application materials for its summer 2011 nurse residency program violate a federal law that states recipients of federal funds cannot require someone to perform or assist in abortions if it violates his or her religious beliefs or moral convictions.

Applicants to the nursing program's women's health track are required to sign an acknowledgment stating, "I am aware that I may be providing nursing care for women who are having" procedures including terminations of pregnancy.

"It is important that you are aware of this aspect of care and give careful consideration to your ability to provide compassionate care to women in these situations," the acknowledgment states. "If you feel you cannot provide care to women during this type of event, we encourage you to apply to a different track of the Nurse Residency Program to explore opportunities that may best fit your skills and career goals."

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From "A Second Student Files a Complaint as Vanderbilt Spins" by David French, National Review Online 1/12/11

Yesterday afternoon, I wrote about Vanderbilt’s requirement that applicants for a nursing residency sign a “Women’s Health Acknowledgment” stating that applicants “will be expected to care for women undergoing termination of pregnancy.” . . .

Shortly after my post went live, a second applicant came forward and filed a complaint with HHS. Vanderbilt now faces two discrimination claims with the Office for Civil Rights.

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From "Nursing Student Fights School Policy Requiring Abortion Pledge" by Stephanie Samuel, Christian Post Reporter 1/12/11

A fourth-year nursing student, whose name was not revealed, is currently at another university but wishes to apply to Vanderbilt’s nurse residency program. The female student, however, is unable to do so because the admission forms require her to promise to participate in abortions.

Law enacted during President George W. Bush’s tenure allows medical personnel to refuse to perform a procedure on grounds of moral conscience.

The deadline for Vanderbilt’s nurse residency applications is January 28. The firm is looking for HHS to respond promptly to the complaint.

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