A pro-life nurse has filed a lawsuit against Indiana University-South Bend, claiming that she was denied a job because of her pro-life beliefs.
According to upi.com, “Cynthia Isabell, who applied for a position as an instructor in obstetrics, says she was not hired because of ‘viewpoint discrimination’ by the faculty member leading the search committee even though abortion had nothing to do with the job…Jordan Sekulow, executive director of the nonprofit American Center for Law & Justice in Washington, D.C., which represents Isabell, said in a news release the First Amendment prohibits government agencies and agents from retaliating against people for expressing their views and “for ‘being’ anything, including ‘being pro-life.'”
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As noted by the American Center for Law & Justice, which represents Isabell, the controversy might have stemmed from an article Isabell wrote several years ago, where she discussed her journey from a pro-choice instructor to pro-life. Although the original post on The Torch is no longer accessible, you can read the post here.
Isabell’s story comes at a time when the University of Vermont is currently facing legal trouble over allegedly forcing a pro-life nurse to participate in an abortion. The Department of Health and Human Services intervened in August, saying, “The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is announcing that, after a thorough investigation and prolonged attempts to resolve the matter, OCR has issued a Notice of Violation letter finding that the University of Vermont Medical Center (UVMMC) violated the Church Amendments (42 U.S.C. 300a-7) by forcing a nurse to assist in an elective abortion procedure over the nurse’s conscience-based objections. OCR also found that UVMMC has discriminatory policies that assign or require employees to assist abortion procedures even after they have recorded their religious or moral objections to assisting in the performance of such abortions.”
You can read more about that situation here.