A nurse won her case against Winnebago County after being forced out of her job for refusing to refer women to abortion facilities or to provide abortifacients due to her religious beliefs.
Pediatric Nurse Sandra Rojas served 18 years with the Winnebago County Health Department before the county adopted a requirement that nurses “undergo training on how to refer women to abortion facilities and help them access abortifacient contraceptives,” according to her co-counsel Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF).
On Feb. 16 Circuit Court Judge Eugene Doherty ruled the County must pay Rojas and her attorneys $374,000 for violating her religious beliefs and freedom of conscience.
Last November, the 17th Judicial Circuit Court ruled in Rojas’s favor, finding the county violated the Illinois Health Care Right of Conscience Act. The Court cited, “The Health Department improperly discriminated against [Rojas] by refusing to accommodate her objections of conscience in her existing job at the clinic. The Court has concluded that the Health Department could have reasonably accommodated [Rojas’] objections without removing her from her job.”
Lead counsel in the case, Noel Sterett from Dalton & Tomich said, “No American should be forced to refer for abortions or assist patients in accessing abortifacients—least of all medical workers who entered the profession to follow their faith and save lives, not take them. The court’s decision is a win for all healthcare professionals throughout Illinois.”
– Christian Post, ADF