The Trump administration is siding with a Catholic nurse and pursuing action against the University of Vermont Medical Center, after she nurse claimed her supervisors forced her to assist in an abortion against her will.
I can’t imagine how betrayed she must feel at being FORCED to assist in something she felt was fundamentally wrong.
According to Fox News:
Jordan Sekulow, the American Center for Law & Justice (ACLJ) attorney representing the nurse, told “Fox & Friends” that President Trump, through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is the first president to enforce the federal law, the Church Amendment, passed by Congress in 1973.
“The Trump administration, President Trump, and Secretary Azar at HHS, is the first administration to actually enforce it against these hospitals, to actually enforce conscience protections so that nurses and doctors and medical professionals aren’t forced to perform abortions against their religious or deeply held beliefs,” Sekulow said.
They SHOULD be protected. People enter the medical field to HELP patients – not to be forced to murder them.
On May 9, 2018, the Catholic nurse, who has asked to remain anonymous, filed a conscience and religious discrimination complaint against UVMC, contending they broke the law by forcing her to assist in an elective abortion despite making known her conscience-based objection.
She allegedly was under the impression that she was assisting with a miscarriage until it was too late.
On Wednesday, HHS said its Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is giving UVMC, located in Burlington, Vt., 30 days to change its policies.
Sekulow said UVMC’s policy dates back to 2017, when it started to perform elective abortions, or “abortions for abortion’s sake,” after the former CEO of Planned Parenthood New England came in as a new chairman of the Board of Trustees.
Sekulow says the former Planned Parenthood chairman “definitely has an animus to pro-life nurses, medical professionals, even doctors.”
Because of COURSE. Planned Parenthood has told us for ages now that if you’re pro-life, you’re just an evil bigot that hates women.
UVMC responded Wednesday saying it has “robust, formal protections that safeguard both our employees’ religious, ethical and cultural beliefs, and our patients’ rights to access safe and legal abortion.”
The medical center adds they “do not discriminate against any employees for exercising their rights to opt out of procedures to which they object,” including “termination of pregnancy.”
Sekulow says UVMC is ignoring the nurse’s rights by saying, “‘If we can accommodate you, we will.’ That’s not the federal law that was passed by Congress. That’s not what HHS enforces…You must accommodate the objector.”