Skip to comments.Conscience or Career?
Posted on 07/26/2009 8:08:01 PM PDT by neverhome
More and more often we encounter news of an employee forced to choose between his or her job and performing an act which that person finds morally reprehensible. This occurs most frequently in the medical and pharmaceutical professions.
Consider the case of Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. According to a recent article in the New York Post:
A Brooklyn nurse [Cenzon-DeCarlo] claims she was forced to choose between her religious convictions and her job when Mount Sinai Hospital ordered her to assist in a late-term abortion against her will.
"It felt like a horror film unfolding," said Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, 35, who claims she has had gruesome nightmares and hasn't been able to sleep since the May 24 incident...
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Most civilian jobs don’t require one to kill an innocent person in order to remain employed.
When it is wrong, you find a new job, then you let the world know what is happening and then you leave. The point is to be okay and allow the stink to remain on your boss.
“Most civilian jobs dont require one to kill an innocent person in order to remain employed.”
I completely agree. But that does not negate the fact that she was knowingly working at an establishment that performed abortions. This was bound to happen sooner or later.
If the hospital was correct about the patient’s condition (and there is room for debate on this, btw), then the procedure may well have been necessary to save the mother’s life. If not, then the hospital has the blood of yet another innocent life on its collective hands.
Nevertheless, as much as I hate abortion I don’t think she’s justified in her complaint. She’s an employee, and her personal feelings should not be allowed to interfere with her work. The hospital should be able to depend upon its employees to do whatever is asked of them as long as it’s within the letter of the law.
“When it is wrong, you find a new job, then you let the world know what is happening and then you leave. The point is to be okay and allow the stink to remain on your boss.”
"During her job interview, an administrator asked Cenzon-DeCarlo whether she'd be willing to participate in abortions. She flatly said no. The nurse said she put her beliefs in writing. The suit also seeks to force Mount Sinai to give up federal funding it receives, because it failed to uphold a federal rule protecting employees who have moral objections to controversial procedures."
Then the employers knew they were in the wrong.
They asked her if she was willing. The article does not say that they told her she wouldn’t have to. Big difference there that you apparently kinda conveniently didn’t notice.
Then why did they ask?
Also: “. . . Mount Sinai . . . failed to uphold a federal rule protecting employees who have moral objections to controversial procedures.”
Can you read?
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