Newark, N.J., Nov 15, 2011 / 11:36 am
With the backing of a congressman, a group of nurses in New Jersey are speaking about their lawsuit challenging their hospital superiors’ orders to cooperate in abortions or lose their jobs.
“We come from different backgrounds but we all have the same conviction that we do not want to help in the killing that happens in abortion,” Fe Vinoya, a nurse in the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey hospital’s Same Day Surgery Unit, said at a Nov. 14 press conference in Newark.
Vinoya said she and her fellow nurses were “suddenly confronted with a choice between our faith and our jobs” in October when administrators told them to cooperate in abortions.
Managers told nurses they must begin training to assist abortion patients in “all aspects” of their care, in spite of the nurses’ “repeated effort” to inform managers of their own religious and moral objections, Vinoya said.