Vanderbilt University abandons illegal policy that forced nursing residents to sign abortion pledge
Alliance Defense Fund
Not dated, probably 1/11
NASHVILLE — Vanderbilt University Wednesday modified its nurse residency application so that it no longer requires applicants to pledge that they will participate in abortion procedures. The university made the announcement in an e-mail to applicants one day after the Alliance Defense Fund filed a complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services.
“Christians and other pro-life members of the medical community shouldn’t be forced to participate in abortions to pursue their profession. That’s what federal law says, and that’s why Vanderbilt is doing the right thing in changing its policy and application,” said ADF Legal Counsel Matt Bowman. “We will be monitoring the situation to make sure the university continues to comply with the law. It’s ironic that Vanderbilt changed its policy one day after denying that it required the pledge.”
Vanderbilt receives more than $300 million in federal tax dollars each year, and federal law prohibits grant recipients from forcing students or health care workers to participate in abortions contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions.
I’m surprised Pres. Obama hadn’t tried to repeal or gut this law. I’m sure there are some very POed folk among the academics at Vanderbilt and at PP! Pro-Abortion folk have been trying to impose this kind of anti-Christian, anti-Pro-Life coercion at med schools and nursing schools for at least a decade or two.