For anyone who has ever wondered just how significant conscience protection is for health care workers who might be asked to do something against their religious beliefs, here's a real-life example of a Catholic nurse who alleges she was forced by her employer to participate in a late-term abortion against her will.
Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, 35, emigrated to the United States from the Philippines and is the niece of a Filipino bishop. Her employer, Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, apparently knew of her objections to abortion before they hired her. Cenzon-DeCarlo says they asked her during her job interview if she would participate in abortions and she not only said no but put her objections in writing.
From the story in today's New York Post:
"I emigrated to this country in the belief that here religious freedom is sacred," Cenzon-DeCarlo said. "Doctors and nurses shouldn't be forced to abandon their beliefs and participate in abortion in order to keep their jobs."Cenzon-DeCarlo says she was threatened with "career-ending charges of insubordination and patient abandonment" if she did not participate in the procedure. The next day she filed a grievance with her union. She also says that she has lost overtime shifts since the filing and was recently "cornered" by supervisors who told her if she wants more overtime, she'll need to sign a statement saying she will participate in future abortion procedures.
It will be interesting to see if Mount Sinai loses federal funding if the charges are validated.
Read the full story HERE.