A nurse-midwife whose religious beliefs prevent her from recommending contraception, except in the case of a patient needing the medication for non-contraceptive purposes, has sued after not being hired by a family planning organisation who is funded to provide contraception. Also here and here from the group defending the nurse-midwife. I don’t know much about the US legal system but this is the legal doc they have posted.
Sara Hellwege, a nurse in Tampa, Fla., applied for a job at Tampa Family Health Centers in May 2014. The organization receives federal Title X family planning funds, which means that it must provide women contraception and other family planning services. But Hellwege is a member of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and told health center staff that she would not be willing to prescribe birth control if she were hired for the job.
“Due to religious guidelines, I am able to counsel women regarding all forms of contraception,” Hellwege wrote in an email to the health center’s direct of human relations , “however, cannot [prescribe] it unless pathology exists.”
This is not The Onion. It should be.