Swedish Midwife Denied Employment for Being Pro-Life

Sweden pdJÖNKÖPING, Sweden – Alliance Defending Freedom has filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the district court of Jönköping County Council in Sweden on behalf of a midwife whom three different medical clinics denied employment because she will not assist with abortions.

“No one deserves to be denied a job simply because she is pro-life,” said ADF Senior Legal Counsel Roger Kiska. “International laws to which Sweden is obligated recognize freedom of conscience and make clear that being pro-abortion cannot be a requirement for employment, nor can medical facilities force nurses and midwives with a conscience objection to assist with practices that can lead to an abortion.”

In November 2013, Höglandssjukhuset women’s clinic rescinded a job offer as a midwife from Ellinor Grimmark after she explained that she could not perform abortions because of her Christian faith. The head of the maternity ward left her a telephone message saying that “she was no longer welcome to work with them” and questioned “whether a person with such views actually can become a midwife.” A few months later, Grimmark tried to obtain employment with Ryhovs women’s clinic, which told her that a person who refuses to perform abortions does not belong at a women’s clinic.

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  • Atwas911

    She should not have been throwing her “lifestyle” in peoples faces. How could they fire her from her job for something if they didn’t know about it. She should learn to keep her personal views out of the workplace.

    • crackedlenses

      Why, so she can wait until they ask her to do something her beliefs do not allow and then make a scene?

      Better to get this all out now and get it settled.

    • Jennifer

      The article clearly states she was asked to participate in abortion procedures, but told them she couldn’t because she is pro-life. How is that throwing it in people’s faces?