Christian nurse mounts discrimination suit against North Carolina hospital for requiring her to assist in abortions

A Christian nurse has filed a discrimination lawsuit against a university hospital in North Carolina after she was allegedly required to assist in abortions despite her religious beliefs and was not allowed to go on regular duty when she asked to be exempted from the policy.

(REUTERS / Jason Miczek)The empty plinth where a statue of Confederate commander General Robert E. Lee once stood is flanked by statues of Thomas Jefferson and the poet Sidney Lanier at the entrance to Duke University's Duke Chapel after officials removed the controversial statue early Saturday morning in Durham, North Carolina, U.S., August 19, 2017.

 

During the employee orientation at Duke University Hospital, Catholic nurse Sara T. Pedro was told that workers in the Emergency Department were required to take part in abortions. The Thomas More Law Center has filed a lawsuit on her behalf that said she faced discrimination and was given a written warning "for vague and unsubstantiated reasons" after she tried to request for an exemption from the institution's pro-abortion policy, Life Site News detailed.

"This case illustrates the unfortunate dangers faced today by individuals who seek to remain faithful to their religious beliefs in the workplace," explained Thomas More Law Center attorney Tyler Brooks. "With this lawsuit, however, we intend to show that even very large employers must respect the civil rights of their Christian employees."

The lawsuit claimed that Duke University Hospital violated state and federal laws by subjecting Pedro to punitive actions for objecting to its pro-abortion policies because of her Catholic beliefs. More than 10 months have already passed since the Christian nurse filed her second request for religious accommodation, and yet she has not received a response from the institution.

Earlier this year, New Mexico Senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino drew flak from the pro-life community after introducing Senate Bill 282, which would require Christian healthcare workers to give abortion referrals. The measure would also obligate Christian hospitals to terminate pregnancies against their religious beliefs, Life Site said in a separate report.

New Mexico Alliance for Life executive director Elisa Martinez and state senator Bill Sharer criticized SB 282, as it would lead Christian healthcare providers to "commit mortal sins." Both of them contend that healthcare providers cannot be required to participate in abortions under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2012.