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NJ nurses charge religious discrimination over hospital abortion policy

The Washington Post, November 28, 2011
A dozen nurses in New Jersey have rekindled the contentious debate over when health-care workers can refuse to play a role in caring for women getting abortions. In a lawsuit filed in federal court Oct. 31, 12 nurses charge that the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey violated state and federal laws by abruptly announcing in September that nurses would have to help with abortion patients before and after the procedure, reversing a long-standing policy exempting employees who refuse based on religious or moral objections. "I'm a nurse so I can help people, not help kill, and it just doesn't seem right to me," said Beryl Otieno-Negoje, one of the nurses.