Catholic Nurse Sues NY Hospital over Abortion

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A Catholic nurse is suing Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City for forcing her to participate in a late term abortion and violating her rights of conscience.
The lawsuit claims hospital administrators told nurse Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo the abortion was an emergency and insisted she participate in the second-trimester abortion or face possible termination. The woman was 22 weeks pregnant.

CBN News spoke with senior ADF couselor Steve Aden, who believes the hospital mishandled this case. Click play to hear more about what the hospital should have done and how this experience has affected Cenzon-DeCarlo.

"Pro-life nurses shouldn't be forced to assist in abortions against their beliefs," Alliance Defense Fund Legal Counsel Matt Bowman told

"Requiring a devout, Catholic nurse to participate in a late-term abortion in order to remain employed is illegal, unethical, and violates her rights of conscience," he added.

According to the lawsuit, the abortion was not classified as an emergency. Cases requiring immediate attention are classified as emergencies. However, in this abortion case the surgery did not need to take place for six hours, according to the ADF. The organization claims the hospital had plenty of time to find another nurse.

Bowman said the hospital violated Federal law.

"Federal law requires that employers who receive funding from tax dollars must not compel employees to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs, but this nurse's objections fell on deaf ears," Bowman added.

Hospital officials have not commented on the case.

*Parts of this story originally aired July 23, 2009

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