Two nurses, denied jobs as midwives in Sweden because of their refusal to perform abortions, have lost their legal action against Sweden at the European Court of Human Rights.
The BBC reported Swedish-born Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen from Norway object to abortion because of their Christian faith. Swedish law requires midwives to carry out abortions — and several Swedish courts ruled against the two women.
They both trained to be midwives, receiving state funding, but were turned down for midwifery jobs. They then went to the ECHR, but it declined to take up their case. They argued that their freedom of conscience had been violated and that they had suffered discrimination.
The BBC said the nurses got legal assistance from ADF International, part of a US-based Christian group called Alliance Defending Freedom. It campaigns for what it calls “religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and marriage and family” worldwide.
The BBC said the nurses cannot appeal again to the ECHR, now that it has dismissed their case.
Robert Clarke, deputy director of ADF International, called the court decision “very disappointing.”
“Medical professionals should be able to work without being forced to choose between their deeply held convictions and their careers,” he said.
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SOOURCE: Assist News