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Some women’s rights trump other women’s rights

Twelve Nurses Forced to Take Part in Abortions
November 2, 2011 by Matt Bowman

Before October 2011, Lorna Mendoza and her nurse colleagues at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey served patients every day in the same day surgery unit without any hint that the hospital’s respect for the nurses’ religious beliefs was about to come crashing down around them.

But a few weeks ago the hospital suddenly announced it was imposing a new policy under which all same-day surgery unit nurses must assist in abortions or be terminated.

Twelve nurses represented by the Alliance Defense Fund have responded by filing a lawsuit to have the new policy overturned. And yet the hospital is planning to force Lorna and her colleague Julita Ching to assist abortions this Friday, Nov. 4, despite the hospital’s crystal-clear legal obligations not to coerce them.

Federal and state laws both prohibit forcing any health-care employees to take part in abortions.

For example, federal law prohibits hospitals that receive certain federal funds from forcing employees to participate in abortions (and UMDNJ receives approximately $60 million in federal health funds annually). Additionally, New Jersey law states, “No person shall be required to perform or assist in the performance of an abortion or sterilization.”

Yet when one of the twelve nurses objected to assisting abortions on the grounds of her religious beliefs, a supervisor responded that UMDNJ has “no regard for religious beliefs” of nurses who object to participating in abortions, even though the supervisor admitted that the abortions are elective.

The hospital’s message to these nurses, in not quite so many words, is “You’re going to help kill these pre-born children whether you want to or not.”

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