Forced to Perform Abortions? Who’s Telling the Truth?

Conscience clauses have long been in effect for medical staff who do not wish to participate in performing an abortion. But at the University of Medicine and Dentistry (UMDNJ) in Newark, New Jersey, a group of nurses says the hospital is violating the law.


In their legal filing, the nurses say that a supervising nurse insisted that all of her staff nurses be trained in terminating pregnancies and be ready to participate in them. Vinoya said it was in direct opposition to her beliefs, and to the reasons why she entered the medical field in the first place. “I am committed to preserving life, saving life, and I think elective abortion is murder,” she said.

“They’re being forced to choose between their faith and their job,” Demetrios Stratis, the Fair Lawn attorney for the nurses, told PIX11 News. “In these economic times, that’s a very difficult choice to make.”

The hospital says that no one is being forced to participate and that “No nurse is compelled to have direct involvement in, and/or attendance in the room at the time of, a procedure to which she or he objects based on his/her cultural values, ethics and/or religious beliefs. The University is in full compliance with all applicable state and federal laws and is confident its position will be vindicated when the court gives this matter a full hearing.”

So, who is lying?  Once it reaches court, we’ll find out.

Like this story? Your $10 tax-deductible contribution helps support our research, reporting, and analysis.

For more information or to schedule an interview with contact

Follow Robin Marty on twitter: @robinmarty

  • crowepps

    These nurses are asserting that they shouldn’t be required to have the KNOWLEDGE of how to use equipment to do an abortion procedure because there is no circumstance whatsoever in which they would ever agree to use it.  Since many abortion procedures are done consequent to a emergent miscarriage where hemorrhage, infection and risk to the life of the mother are realities, and the knowledge can be absolutely necessary in that type of emergency, even an adamently ProLife nurse has no ‘excuse’ not to participate in learning how to do procedures.


    A person has a right to refuse to remove a live fetus.  No medical professional has any conscience right to refuse to remove a dead one.  These nurses should all be fired and redirected to a different field of nursing care where they can’t neglect women to death.