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June 10, 2005

Nurse files religious discrimination suit against hospital

From LifeNews:

A nurse has filed a lawsuit against Eastern Illinois University saying the college refused to promote her to a higher job at the student health center because of her pro-life views and refusal to dispense the morning after pill, which sometimes causes an abortion.

Andrea Nead had been employed as a part-time nurse at EIU's Health Services Department since 2000. When a full-time position became available in October 2004, Nead applied for the promotion.

EIU administrators asked Nead a number of questions during the interview, including whether she would be willing to dispense the Plan B drugs. Nead told the interviewer that the morning-after pill violates her religious beliefs because she believes it is a form of abortion.

The complaint contends that the interviewer told Nead that another applicant -- who eventually was hired for the position -- did not oppose dispensing the morning after pill.

Nead's lawsuit, filed by the American Center for Law and Justice, complains that the decision not to hire Nead was based on her religious beliefs regarding the morality of dispensing the morning after pill.

"It is not only wrong to deny an applicant a position based on her religious beliefs, it is a violation of the law," explains senior ACLJ legal counsel Frances Manion.

Yes, I know some of you will argue that it would hamper the hospital to have a nurse that would refuse to dispense a certain medicine. But it's one medicine, that has resulted in numerous deaths already. That it murders a child is bad enough, but that it puts a severe risk on the woman, without her being told, is quite another thing. I don't know about you, but I want people with standards and morality to take care of me when I need health care, not just people who'll do anything to keep their job.

Posted by Danny Carlton at June 10, 2005 08:59 AM

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