Dec. 17, 2012
“We were all shocked…All these years I’ve been a nurse, I was never told to help kill children,” said Fe Esperanza Racpan Vinoya, a veteran nurse of the ER and ICU at the Same Day Surgery Unit at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), in Newark. Fe and 11 other nurses stood up to hospital managers and administrators, refusing to help perform abortions, even though they were afraid of losing their jobs.
“I knew we were going to lose our jobs,” says Lorna, who, at one point, amid the flurry of discussions with the managers, was asked to provide a patient with a bedpan. Retrieving it, she found an aborted baby inside. Horrified and sobbing, she called for help, telling the manager who responded, “I don’t know what to do with this. I can’t do this.” She soon found herself in the office of the vice president of nursing, where she was accused of refusing to help patients and threatened with termination. She wasn’t the only one called in.
“Our jobs were hanging by a string,” Beryl says. “We were like, ‘All right. If they’re going to fire all 12 of us, fine. But this is against what we believe God wants us to do.’ We didn’t come into this profession to do [abortions]. We told them we weren’t comfortable with it and didn’t feel they should force us. And if that meant our jobs, well… God was going to provide.”
Read the rest of their story here, how Alliance Defending Freedom helped the nurses with their case, and how they ultimately were able to keep their jobs and clear consciences.