The United States Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVM Medical Center) for forcing their pro-life nurses to participate in abortions. Even if a nurse expressed a religious objection to assisting in a sterilization or an abortion, the UVM Medical Center still assigned them to the procedures.
However, the Biden Administration then recently withdrew the case and asked that the investigation be terminated. There was no reason given why this action was suddenly reversed.
Under the law, an employer cannot discriminate against you for your religious beliefs or moral convictions. If a nurse has such beliefs opposing sterilization procedures or abortions, the employer is required to respect those convictions.
An interesting point is that the Biden administration is in favor of withholding federal funds from healthcare facilities that do not impose the mandatory COVID inoculation requirement. However, how does that affect religious objections to the inoculations?
There are so many issues facing us today that it is difficult to fully grasp how it all is affecting our world, societies, and healthcare programs. What are your thoughts on these two issues of federal government interceding on healthcare activities on both the personal and facility levels?
Let me know your thoughts below.
I am starting to believe that laws are being broken…and unless we start to take a stand and fight for what we believe in, many more people will be harmed!
Ann Benson says
Hello, bigger & better centralized/federal/national governmen & Socialism. Good-bye personal choice & freedom.
Our healthcare system will collapse due to the mandatory vaccine. Facilities here in NY are bullying employees, telling them if they don’t comply and get vaccinated by specific date they will be terminated and will not be able to collect unemployment. One of your recent articles was, “No Nurses, no care.” In that article patients were diverted to hospitals 80 miles away due to no nurses for ED. Nurses in NY are coming together to protest the mandatory vaccine. They aren’t anti vaxxers, they are for freedom of choice. I no longer work but I stand with all nurses and healthcare workers. They went from Hero’s to zeros. Government and private businesses here in NY are over reaching. I always encouraged people to consider a rewarding career in nursing. Unfortunately, not anymore. It’s atrocious that nursing students are being refunded tuition and can’t finish their final semester because they don’t want the vaccine. But last year, in the thick of it all, nursing graduates were welcomed right into facilities who were desperate for help. It’s a sad day in America when nurses, the most trusted professionals are thrown to the dogs. Patient care will suffer. We’ll see if nurses that advocate for freedom of choice will be the ones to be blamed.
What happened to Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964 42 U.S.C. 2000?
I would have to agree that laws are being broken, and if we don’t stand up for the long-standing rights we’ve been given, we may lose them altogether. I encourage anyone with any kind of belief or faith to read up on Title VII and decide what you believe or don’t believe now, so that if you are confronted with a situation, you will know what to say and what you will do.
If your employer discriminates against you by denying your right to refuse for religious reasons your legal remedy would be to file a “charge” with the EEOC alleging religious discrimination. If your charge describes a discriminatory act on the part of your employer, the EEOC may investigate. If an EEOC investigation reveals a discriminatory act on the part of your employer, they have a range of possible actions that include attempting to negotiate a settlement or even suing your employer on your behalf if they deem that necessary and appropriate. If the EEOC’s involvement fails to resolve the matter, you would then have the option of suing your employer directly and asking a court to award you appropriate damages that could potentially include, but may not necessarily be limited to, reimbursement for lost wages and money damages for violation of your First Amendment rights.
There is clear legal authority in federal statutes, regulations, regulatory agencies and legal precedent to support your rights based solely on your sincerely held religious objections and notice of the same to your employer. Federal law supersedes any state law mandate, even in states where there is no religious or medical exemption.
Danielle Joyce says
It is truly an affront to society as a whole when govt decides their opinion is more important than personal choice. They push shots that have been hastily produced with safety steps being skipped, asserts the discoverer of “mRNA vaccine technology”, Dr. Robert Malone. He made some revealing statements about the lack of thorough testing especially regarding genomics and reproductive aspects bringing questions about long term safety since the destination of the artificial lipid envelope that contains the mRNA and manipulated spike protein is not documented.
That is only the beginning of the problems with the govt forcing everyone to comply with their edicts. This is where we have allowed ourselves to get as a nation, but we need to stop it now to hold on to the freedoms that are being stripped away!