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