HHS issues warning after Vermont med. center allegedly forced nurse to assist abortion

HHS issues warning after Vermont med. center allegedly forced nurse to assist abortion
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[Ed. – If this and other similar reported events at the medical center did happen, the medical center needs to be made an example of.]

On Wednesday, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) for the Department of Health and Human Services issued a Notice of Violation letter to the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) because it allegedly forced a nurse to assist in an abortion in violation of her conscience. The OCR demanded that the Medical Center comply with the conscience law or face potential loss of its federal funding, the last cycle of which totaled $1.6 million. …

—  … “The nurse had expressed an objection for many years and was included in a list of objectors, but UVMMC knowingly assigned the nurse to an abortion procedure. The nurse was not told the procedure was an abortion until the nurse walked into the room, when the doctor — knowing the nurse objected to assisting in abortions — told the nurse, ‘Don’t hate me.'”

— “[T]he nurse was required to assist with the abortion anyway. If the nurse had not done so, the nurse reasonably feared UVMMC would fire or report the nurse to licensing authorities.”

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