Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Abortion Forced on Nurses by Hospital, or be Fired

While receiving federal funding, the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey told nurses they must assist in abortion procedures or lose their jobs, regardless of their religious objections. A dozen nurses have sued the hospital.

For background, read Nurse Sues Hospital for Forcing Her into Abortion

UPDATE 12/24/11: University gives in, nurses win (won't have to work abortions)

UPDATE 11/27/11: Washington Post finally discovers this Christian discrimination case

UPDATE 11/21/11: Hospital bullies nurses despite judge's ruling; ADF goes back to court for nurses

UPDATE 11/4/11: Judge rules hospital can't force nurses to participate in abortions

-- From "Nurses: UMDNJ forced them to assist in abortions" by The Associated Press 11/1/11

[The lawsuit] claims the hospital changed its policy in September to require UMDNJ employees to assist in abortions or be subject to termination. The lawsuit says that requirement violates state and federal laws.

The nurses are seeking an injunction to force the hospital to change its policy and an order prohibiting it from retaliating against them.

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From "Nurses Say Hospital Gave Them Choice: Assist Abortions or Lose Job" by Todd Starnes, FOX News 10/31/11

“The hospital told the nurses they have no regard for their religious beliefs,” said Matthew Bowman, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund. “They were going to be assigned these abortions or they would be terminated.”

Bowman said the lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court in New Jersey, on behalf of the nurses who “possess strongly held religious and moral beliefs that she may not participate in the process of an abortion that causes the death of a preborn child.”

Bowman told Fox News that the hospital had been performing abortions for decades without forcing nurses to violate their religious beliefs. But that changed a few weeks ago.

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From "Hospital Told Nurses: Assist Abortions or Lose Your Job" by Steven Ertelt, LifeNews.com 11/1/11

According to a copy of the complaint ADF sent LifeNews . . .

The nurses are asking the federal court to declare their rights under law and enjoin UMDNJ from continuing to mandate that they or similarly situated employees assist in abortions. Because UMDNJ’s federal tax funding is also conditioned on UMDNJ not discriminating against employees’ civil rights when they object to assisting abortions, the nurses also seek an order requiring UMDNJ to disgorge the nearly $60 million in federal health funding that it received in 2011. They also want an order requiring that UMDNJ be disqualified from receiving additional federal health funding unless and until it demonstrates compliance by ceasing its illegal coercion to assist abortions. Plaintiffs also seek statutorily authorized attorneys fees and costs, and other relief deemed appropriate by the Court.

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