'Assist with abortions or be fired': Ultimatum 'given to 12 pro-life nurses by hospital'

'Assist with abortions or be fired': Ultimatum 'given to 12 pro-life nurses by hospital'

Twelve pro-life nurses who were forced to carry out abortions by a hospital had their civil rights violated, they have claimed.

The nurses at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey said the hospital entirely disregarded their moral and religious convictions.

They filed a lawsuit against the hospital after it implemented a policy making them undergo training for assisting abortions in September.

The hospital indicated they could be subject to termination if they did not comply.

Fe Vinoya, a mother-of-two who has been a nurse for 21 years, said she was heartbroken when faced with the ultimatum.

�It felt like the whole world crashed on me,� Ms Vinoya, from West Orange, New Jersey told Fox News & Commentary.
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�You could sense the sadness in all of us. We felt betrayed.

�We repeatedly told them we are pro-life nurses. But they ignored our convictions.

'One of the nurses was even told that the hospital does not regard any religious objections.�

Ms Vinoya, who is a member of The Life Christian Church, went home and told her family the news.

She said: �That day my eight year old son was learning about The Ten Commandments in church.

'He recited the sixth commandment � we are not to kill anyone. I just cried. I knew that God had given me hope and that he is really on our side.�

Matthew Bowman, an attorney with the Alliance Defense Fund, filed the lawsuit on behalf of Vinoya and the eleven other nurses.

He said each �possesses strongly held religious and moral beliefs that she may not participate in the process of an abortion that causes the death of a pre-born child�.

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