N.J. Hospital Agrees Not to Force Nurses to Assist in Abortions
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- 2011 Dec 06
December 6, 2011
The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey will hire additional staff to help perform abortions after a group of pro-life nurses said they were being forced to participate in the procedure despite religious objections, the Religion News Service reports. "We needed to find a solution that is in the best interest of the patients we serve," said UMDNJ spokesman Jeffrey Tolvin. The 12 nurses filed a lawsuit against UMDNJ in November after their objections to performing abortions were ignored by hospital officials; if upheld in court, the nurses' claims could mean the hospital violated federal law, which forbids institutions receiving federal dollars from forcing their staff members to assist in abortions.