Sunday, July 26, 2009

Catholic Nurse Forced to Perform Late-Term Abortion

Our Constitution's First 10 Amendments guarantee certain rights. Many of our Founding Fathers, including Thomas Jefferson, described the need for a Bill of Rights to protect "freedom of religion." It is a freedom that attracted most of our early settlers.

Federal law is clear that if a hospital receives tax dollars, it may not force staff to perform abortions against moral or religious objections. However, the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York has just done that. The nurse who was forced to assist in a late-term abortion (defined as an abortion in the 7th, 8th, or 9th months of pregnancy) is Catholic and has religious objections to assisting in destroying a baby in the womb ("fetus"). Her objections were well known to the hospital, and in the case of this particular abortion there was ample time to find another nurse who did not have similar objections. But the hospital threatened her with punishment or termination if she did not assist.

The Alliance Defense Fund is helping this nurse to have the hospital recognize her legal rights. Read more by following the link below.


Anonymous said...

I'm sorry, but did she do it? I can't believe that someone who objects to performing or assisting in an abortion would actually do it. If she did, I have no reason to support her because her convictions weren't strong enough for her to stand on - why should I support her? If she didn't assist and lost her job over it, that would be a case I'd be willing to get behind. I think we need more facts.

History Matters said...


The phrase "...was forced against her will to assist in a late-term abortion..." seems clear enough. The article was not as well written as it could have been, but she was, in fact, forced to do this. Read more on the ADF Site

You moral point is fine, and I'm sure all Christians hope they have the strength (or perhaps liberty, depending on their situation) to subject themselves to being fired instead of doing something against their faith. I'm not prepared to make that judgment. The fact is, the hospital should not threaten her. That is correct according to common decency and according to the law.