DURHAM, North Carolina, November 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic nurse is suing Duke University Hospital, claiming that the university discriminated against her religious and pro-life beliefs by requiring her to assist in abortions.
Sara T. Pedro was told during her employee orientation that Duke University Hospital provides no exceptions to employees in its Emergency Department who don’t want to participate in abortions. The lawsuit, filed by The Thomas More Law Center on Pedro’s behalf, says that Duke’s Emergency Department performs “a large number of abortions.”
The lawsuit claims that Pedro faced retaliation and discrimination after she made a written request to be exempt from the pro-abortion policy. . . [Full text]
Parts of a new law passed in North Carolina strengthen the state’s protection of conscience law for health care workers. The revisions extend protection against coerced participation in abortion to nurses and other health care workers and to health care institutions other than hospitals. [CWN]
Insurance & Health Care Conscience Protection
An Act to modify certain laws pertaining to abortion health insurance coverage . . .
[Full text of protection of conscience provision]