Trump Administration Says Vermont Hospital Forced Nurse to Participate in Abortion Against Her Conscientious Objections

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights, a complaint was filed by a nurse against UVM Medical Center “contending that the nurse was forced to assist an abortion in violation of the nurse’s conscience rights.” (Taylor Dobbs/VPR file photo)

The Trump administration sent a violation notice to a hospital in Vermont for reportedly forcing a nurse to perform an abortion despite her conscientious objection to the procedure.

The Department of Human and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights announced Wednesday that the University of Vermont Medical Center violated a federal statute on conscience protection.

Specifically, the HHS Department cited the Church Amendments, a part of the United States Code created in the 1970s that protects individuals and entities opposed to performing abortions.

“OCR also found that UVMMC has discriminatory policies that assign or require employees to assist abortion procedures even after they have recorded their religious or moral objections to assisting in the performance of such abortions,” stated HHS.

“OCR’s Notice of Violation letter asks UVMMC to conform its policies to the Church Amendments and take other corrective action, or face potential action by the HHS component from which UVMMC has received federal funding.”

If the hospital does not amend their policies to conform to federal statutes within 30 days of receiving the notice, they may face the loss of federal funds.

“Forcing medical staff to assist in the taking of human life inflicts a moral injury on them that is not only unnecessary and wrong, it violates longstanding federal law,” said OCR Director Roger Severino in a statement.

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Michael Gryboski

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