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Florida Nurse denied job for being pro-life

Tampa Family Health Center
Tampa Family Health Center

The Alliance Defending Freedom has filed suit against Tampa Family Health Centers on behalf of Sara Hellwege. Hellwege was rejected for employment because she is a member of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

The AAPLOG mission statement says, "...We, as physicians, are responsible for the care and well being of both our pregnant woman patient and her unborn child."

Hellwege has a faith-based objection to prescribing some birth control measures that could lead to an abortion.

ADF Senior Counsel Matt Bowman says, "No one deserves to suffer discrimination just because they're pro-life. 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."

Hellwege was questioned by the human resources director at Tampa Family Health Centers regarding her membership with the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists when she applied for a position as a midwife. She was informed via e-mail, " “Due to the fact that…you are a member of AAPLOG, we would be unable to move forward in the interviewing process.”

One News Now reports that "ADF has also filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Health and Human Services."

LifeSite News, quotes ADF Senior Counsel Steven Aden, “Willingness to commit an abortion cannot be a litmus test for employment. All we are asking is for the health center to obey the law and not make a nurse’s employment contingent upon giving up her respect for life.”

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