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Hospital Forcing Nurses to Assist Abortions

In what seems to be a blatant violation of religious rights, a hospital in New Jersey is telling nurses that they either assist in abortions or they'll be terminated, according to a lawsuit filed by nurses obtained by Todd Starnes of Fox News.

The nurses are calling on the court to pull the plug of $60 million in federal funding until the hospital agrees to stop forcing nurses to assist in abortions.

Lorna Jose Mendoza has been given a choice. She can either assist in an abortion this week at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, or she could refuse and risk losing her job.

Mendoza is one of a dozen nurses who filed suit today against the hospital – accusing them of violating federal and state law by forcing them to assist in abortions against their religious and moral objections.

“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.”
According to the lawsuit, the hospital started doing this a few weeks ago without any explanation why.

Concerned nurses sought a meeting with the administration but that failed to happen. The administration reportedly canceled the meeting on short notice.

This comes on the heels of several attacks on religious rights from the Obama administration, including forcing Catholic colleges to pay for abortifacients and contraception for students and employees.

Anyone else feeling like the gloves are off and it's go time? I mean, before it was always the ACLU or some nutty atheist group but now it's coming from the White House, the HHS, the media, the healthcare industry. It's everywhere.

I seriously believe that's why the Obama administration consistently refers to the "freedom to worship" rather than the freedom of religion because worshiping can happen in your church or synagogue or wherever but it's limited to those places. In other words, don't bring that oogedy boogedy stuff out in the real world or we'll squash you like a bug, freako.

But there's hope. Lots of it. Catholic colleges have pushed back against the Obama administration. These nurses are fighting back. Those are just examples but if we don't give in, we can't lose. But we cannot/must not concede any of our beliefs.

The second we say that while I may be a Catholic, my work is separate from that and I have to do stuff I think is evil, it's all over. The moment nurses and doctors accept that they have to perform abortions, and every Catholic college and institution accepts paying for abortion, or Catholic institutions accept gay adoption then things fall apart.

We can't have a country where we separate what we believe from what we do. There is, in reality, no separation. There's no Hell for your work personality while your personal soul goes to Heaven. It doesn't work that way.

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Doug Stein said...

Quem Deus perdere vult, dementat prius.

This land is under a curse until it repents from this evil - and the faithful Christians are the salt preventing the land from dissolving in its own corruption.

Father, help your people hold the line - then even the enemy's heavy cavalry charge can't penetrate a massed array of pikemen.

Rick said...

This becomes more stark in contrast with the support that the DOJ put behind a Muslim teacher who sued schools for not allowing her to go on their festival because the school was short staffed. The evil of this administration can be seen clearly in it's opposition to Christianity and life and in support of Muslims and death; by their demonic fruits you shall know them.

Clinton said...

This administration is counting on Catholics not caring about all of
this. If we Catholics were properly catechized and had properly
formed consciences, we would be a voting bloc against which this
culture of death could not advance. Instead, the voting patterns of
self-identified Catholics are largely identical to the larger population
of this country.

In this administration's calculus, the price to be paid for taking off the
mask is light enough to justify going on with it.

blackrep said...

Let them walk. Good nurses are being sought after everywhere, so let this wicked institution go without. Anyone walking into a hospital to murder a child should expect it to be staffed with heartless ghouls. Maybe they'd think twice before getting an abortion.

Clinton said...

"Let them walk. Good nurses are being sought after everywhere..."

But what happens when conscience exemptions are denied everywhere?
This New jersey hospital is but the first of many...

Margaret said...

What Clinton said. The practice of medicine and medical ethics are screwed up enough already in this country. The LAST thing we need is for medicine to become a no-Catholic-land...

Rick DeLano said...

"But there's hope. Lots of it. Catholic colleges have pushed back against the Obama administration. These nurses are fighting back. Those are just examples but if we don't give in, we can't lose. But we cannot/must not concede any of our beliefs. "


Belloc said it decades ago: "When persecution comes, then it will be morning."

Getting' to be mighty dawnish to me.......

Anonymous said...

I have to ask, if it becomes impossible for Catholics to enter any good-paying professions or make a decent living due to persecution and discrimination, how on earth are we going to support all those stay at home homeschooling spouses and big pro-life families we're supposed to have?

I say this not because I disagree with the Church (far from it) but mainly because this is something I truly worry about happening in the future. It seems like a Catch-22, stand up for what we believe is right and all it will do is make it harder for us to actually DO what is right.

We really need to be thinking about how we are going to work our way through this and not just sit back and expect everyone to fight these battles alone. Maybe we ought to take a look at how groups like the Amish, Mormons, Hasidic Jews, etc. maintain their identity and take care of their own in time of trouble.


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