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The element of force in the abortion world

Charlie Butts   (OneNewsNow.com) Wednesday, February 13, 2013

A New York hospital is apparently ending a policy of forcing employees to participate in abortions -- and a Texas teenager is hopeful a court will intervene so she won't be forced by her parents to have an abortion.

Alliance Defending Freedom is representing Cathy Cenzon-DeCarlo, a nurse at Mt. Sinai Hospital who objected after she was forced to assist in an abortion in 2009 even though it violates her religious beliefs. ADF filed a lawsuit against the hospital after DeCarlo was threatened with disciplinary action for objecting to taking part in future abortions.

Bowman, Matt (ADF)ADF attorney Matt Bowman tells OneNewsNow that pro-life personnel should not be forced to assist abortions.

"The hospital seems to have decided to do the right thing -- to respect the freedom of conscience of employees -- because these employees are protected by both federal and state law in their freedom not to assist abortions," he explains. Bowman adds that Mt. Sinai had known of DeCarlo's religious objections since 2004.

A newly completed federal Health and Human Services investigation of the hospital has resulted in additional policy and procedure changes to provide conscience protections for staff. Mt. Sinai has agreed to put it in writing and update its Human Resource policy to reflect the change.

ADF intends to monitor the situation so no Mt. Sinai staff is placed in a similar position of violating their religious beliefs, resigning, or facing termination.

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Intervention on behalf of Texas teen and her baby

(Read update below ...)

OneNewsNow has reported many times on the large number of women -- including underage girls -- who feel they were coerced or otherwise forced into having abortions. Stephen Casey, chief counsel for the Texas Center for Defense of Life, says his firm has been asked to intervene in a Houston case.

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"The 16-year-old [girl] is pregnant, and what we're finding is that the parents were going to force her to have the abortion," Casey explains. "They said it was their decision and not hers."

According to the attorney, the girl claims her parents are using verbal and physical threats and have taken away her phone and car.

While one might think the parents of a minor have the right to make the ultimate decision in such a matter, Casey points out that a 1979 Supreme Court ruling (Bellotti v. Baird) says otherwise.

"That case affirmed the constitutional right of a minor to make her own reproductive health decisions," he summarizes. "So right now she has the right to say she wants to carry her child to term, and that all the coercion and threats -- physical and emotional and stress --that her family is putting her under are not simply allowed to come against her; and she has the ability make this decision to keep her child freely and without threat of emotional and physical abuse."

The Center for Defense of Life has filed suit asking a court to intervene and save the baby.


UPDATE: The Texas teen's baby is being spared from abortion, at least for now, leaving time for her parents to rethink their position.

The Texas Center for Defense of Life took the case to a Houston court Tuesday with Casey representing the teenager.

"The judge agreed with our assessment that right now, until the temporary injunction hearing on Friday, that the parents do not have the right to force this girl to have an abortion against her will or to physically harm her during that period or drag her to an abortion clinic," Casey explains.

The purpose of the Friday court date is to seek an injunction for the duration of the pregnancy. The interim, according to the attorney, could be a "cooling off period" for the parents and their daughter.

"And for the parents and the girl to be on the same page," Casey continues, "[and agree] that this life needs to be protected, this new baby who she's carrying; that their relationship needs to be reconciled; and that  they don't need to cause her emotional trauma and distress for the rest of her life by forcing an abortion on her and killing her unborn child."


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