National Right to Life
When last we reported on Swedish midwife Ellinor Grimmark, she had just been told yet again she must assist with abortions in order to be employed.
In November 2015, the district court of Jönköping County Council found that Ms. Grimmark’s right to freedom of conscience had not been violated and awarded substantial costs against her. Grimmark has been denied employment by three different medical clinics in the district of Jönköping because she would not assist with abortions.
At the time Grimmark said she planned to appeal the decision.
Fast-forward to 2017 and Ms. Grimmark is suing healthcare officials for discrimination. Grimmark is being assisted by Alliance Defending Freedom International.
According to an update posted at ADF International’s webpage, the Labour Court of Appeal was scheduled to hear the case January 24-27.
“Being required to participate in abortions should not be a requirement for employment as a midwife,” said Robert Clarke, Director of European Advocacy for ADF International. “The desire to protect life is what leads many midwives and nurses to enter the medical profession in the first place. Employers should respect that desire and look to safeguard the moral convictions of their staff.”In its expert brief in support of Grimmark’s appeal, ADF International highlighted the protection for freedom of conscience that exists under international law.