Skip to comments.Pro-life woman denied employment by Florida health center
Posted on 07/07/2014 6:08:40 AM PDT by wagglebee
A Florida health center has allegedly refused an applicant employment based on her pro-life view and unwillingness to prescribe contraception that could cause the death of a human embryo. In a federal lawsuit filed by Alliance Defending Freedom, attorneys note that the human resources director of Tampa Family Health Centers questioned applicant Sara Hellwege about her involvement with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a pro-life organization.
When Hellwege, who submitted an application for a nurse-midwife position, confirmed her membership with AAPLOG, the director notified her in an e-mail that she was rejected due to her involvement with the organization.
Federal and state law make it clear that being pro-abortion cannot be a prerequisite for employment, nor can federally funded facilities force nurses to assist with practices that could lead to an abortion, said Matt Bowman, Senior Legal Counsel with ADF.
Attorneys note that the health center violated multiple federal laws by refusing Hellwege employment because of her religious and pro-life views. The lawsuit, Hellwege v. Tampa Family Health Centers, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division.
ADF also filed complaints on behalf of Hellwege with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission field office in Tampa and with the Department of Health and Human Services.
Tampa Family Health Centers are federally funded.
Willingness to commit an abortion cannot be a litmus test for employment, said ADF Senior Counsel Steven H. Aden. All we are asking is for the health center to obey the law and not make a nurses employment contingent upon giving up her respect for life.
If Obama has his way abortion will be the litmus test for any involvement in the medical field.
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The only right that the liberals believe is absolute is the right of a woman to murder her unborn children without legal consequences.
I’d bet that about 80% of the “health” matters at the federally-funded “health center” are abortions, just because of the vague name.
Very brave of her to volunteer to work in the belly of the beast.
I’m sure the ACLU is all over this....
The clinic really screwed the pooch by revealing why she was rejected from employment. Most employers will just say they found an applicant that better met their needs for the position at this time.
The reason the liberals can believe that, is that our judicial system supports them in that conviction.
Haven’t we always proudly maintained that America is a country of laws?
Our judicial system is the weakest and most vulnerable link in the chain.
No. Conditions for employment is quite different from the concept of forcing employers to provide certain free things as part of their compensation packages.
That is in part because we have federal judges that are appointed for life and are basically unaccountable to anyone for whatever they do.
No, it absolutely IS NOT the "flip side" of Hobby Lobby.
Hobby Lobby objected to PAYING FOR exactly FOUR ABORTIFACIENTS and they DID NOT OBJECT to paying for all contraceptives (including the Pill). They DID NOT refuse to hire people who used these abortifacients, they just wouldn't pay for them.
This "health center" refused to hire a nurse-midwife (not even an MD or PA who would be prescribing contraceptives), because of her beliefs.
There is a huge difference and your post reeks of concern trolling.
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whether we like it or not, the litmus test is now on anyone covered under Obamacare - $$ are assessed in your monthly premium for the abortion drugs covered under Obamacare.
You need to educate yourself about the difference between a contaceptive and an abortifacient.
If you know the difference then you favor forcing Christians to participate in abortions in order to get or keep their jobs in the Health Care field.
In that case, you are posting on the wrong forum.
Is Hobby Lobby funded by the government?
Since Hobby Lobby is about the religious free exercise of the closely held corporation, then for this to be related, Tampa Health would have had to have claimed a religious exemption.
Of course, if they receive any form of government money, then they cannot make any rule/law regarding their view on religion.
FWIW, I remember an article about a year ago in which a university was denying entry to a masters or doctorate program in counseling, I believe, because the candidate had beliefs against both abortion and homosexuality.
I think it was a public university, but most universities with few exceptions receive government money.