Pro-Life Catholic Nurses in UK Win Right Not To Participate in Abortions

Good news out of Britain, via the UK Telegraph:


The case is believed to be the first in which the Equality Act has been used successfully to defend a “pro-life” position as a philosophical belief and could have implications for other Christian medical staff.

The nurses, who are both from overseas and do not wish to be identified, were moved from their normal nursing duties at a London hospital to work once a week at an abortion clinic.

They were required to administer two drugs to pregnant women – Mifepristone and Misoprostol – to cause an induced miscarriage. The process, known as “early medical abortion”, is an increasingly common method of terminating a pregnancy and does not involve surgery.

When the nurses discovered that they were participating in abortions they objected but were told by managers that they must continue with the work.

One hospital manager allegedly told the pair: “What would happen if we allowed all the Christian nurses to refuse?”

Then the nurses got help from lawyers who specialize in defending religious liberty:

However, the hospital later backed down after the Thomas More Legal Centre, which specialises in religious discrimination cases, took up their case.

After receiving a letter from the centre, the hospital initially told the nurses that they would be excused from administering the abortion-inducing drugs but would have to remain working at the clinic.

The nurses’ lawyer, Neil Addison, wrote again to the hospital stating that the nurses would still be “morally complicit in abortion” if they continued to work in the clinic as nurses in any capacity. The hospital eventually conceded and the nurses were allocated to other duties.

I hope that nurses and doctors here in the United States facing similar efforts to coerce them into being complicit with or performing abortions will pursue the legal means at their disposal to defend their pro-life principles.



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  • Arn

    I think this should be re-titled “Pro-life Catholic Nurses Win Right Not to do Their Jobs.” Why didn’t these women find work in a hospital that doesn’t have an abortion clinic? Why didn’t they ask about this when they were hired. I admire their stance, but think they went about this entirely wrong. They basically threatened their employer to make special exemptions for them.

    • Davide

      Arn are you blind? Can you not read? It says in the post these nurses were moved from their normal nursing jobs at a London hospital to abortion clinic (mill). These nurses did not start working for these abortion clinics (mills) but were moved we can reasonably assume against their will. Even my 6 year old brother would understand the difference between voluntarily and involuntary. But whatever. Jeesh

      • scott s

        It looks like the clinic is part of the hospital where the nurses worked. I have numerous friends that are nurses and you don’t typically get to pick and choose where you work until you specialize in something. Perhaps instead of attacking other people, you could listen to what they said and respond in a more christian manner.

      • scott s

        PS: I thought CV was going to block posts from trolls that just come on here to be argumentative and negative. Evidently that just means anyone that doesn’t agree with you.

  • Davide

    @ Tom I think it would be wise for us to remember today is a Holy Day. Aug.
    15, marks the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a holy day of obligation for Catholics across the world – except in the United States.

    • Russell

      That’s not entirely true. In a few places, including the United States of America, the bishops have received permission for Holy Days of Obligation to be abrogated if they fall on Saturday or Monday. It isn’t a blanket permission to dismiss Holy Days of Obligation.
      Personally, I don’t see what the “hardship” is. The bishops demand strict adherence to a myriad of rules and obligations and then ask for a dispensation from the “inconvenience” of having to go to Mass, two days in a row. For me that’s as ridiculous as the abuse of the original intent of Saturday Masses for Sunday obligation that people AND clergy just take for granted nowadays.

      • davide

        Russell I understand where you are coming from. Basically the American Church is ran by weak leaders (not all) a pathetic Catholic Conference and has been too Americanized. Americans do this with everything they touch. Sad part most don’t even see it. The American Church remains in the habitual state of fragility and is the achilles heel of the Universal Church.

      • Bill

        So, Russell, were you at Mass this morning?

        (Yes, in fact, I was. Wouldn’t have missed it. Not because of the Obligation, but because it’s the Feast of the Assumption.)



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