Nurse Forced to Assist in Abortion

August 25, 2009

National Right to Life: Print July/August 2009

Nurse Forced to Assist in Abortion

Claiming that supervisors threatened to fire her if she did not assist in an abortion, Brooklyn nurse Catherina Lorena Cenzon-DeCarlo is suing Mout Sinai Hospital for violating her right to refuse to participate in abortion because of her religious beliefs.

“After I was forced to assist this abortion against my religious objection, I felt violated and betrayed, like I had been raped,” DeCarlo said in a statement.  “I couldn’t believe that this could happen in the United States, where freedom is held sacred.”

DeCalo claimed in the lawsuit, filed in late July, that she made her beliefs known to her employers both verbally and in writing soon after she began working at Mount Sinai in 2004, according to the New York Post.  She was never asked to participate in an abortion until May 24, 2009.

That day, supervisors assigned her to assist in aborting a 22-week-old-unborn baby.  DeCarlo alleged that after she refused and asked them to assign the task to a nurse who did not object, they threatened to end her career by charging her with “insubordination and patient abandonment,” The Washington Times reported.

Capitulating to the threats, DeCarlo described the horrors of witnessing the abortion, as she was “forced to watch the doctor remove the bloody arms and legs of the child from its mother’s body with forceps.  It felt like a horror film unfolding,” she claimed in the statement, according to the Times.

In the lawsuit DeCarlo, who still works at Mount Sinai, is seeking the assurance that her beliefs will be respected, monetary damages, and a return to her normal overtime shifts, which DeCarlo asserted were cut back after the incident, the Post reported.

“I hope that Mount Sinai will obey the law and allow health-care workers not to assist in abortion against their beliefs,” DeCarlo said in the statement. “I believe lots of nurses and doctors throughout the country are being pressured to assist abortion, and I want them to know they are not alone, and they should speak up for their rights of conscience.”


Alexander the Great: “Change your behavior or change your name.”

Remember the soldiers who went absent without leave (AWOL) – His commander Alexander asked the soldiers name.  When he heard his name – he instructed him to “change your name or change your behavior.”

MOUNT SINAI: The location Moses received the Ten Commandments.

Exodus 31:18 And when He had made an end of speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave Moses two tablets of the Testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God.

Exodus 34:4 So he cut two tablets of stone like the first ones. Then Moses rose early in the morning and went up Mount Sinai, as the LORD had commanded him; and he took in his hand the two tablets of stone.

Exodus 34:29 Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.

Exodus 19:18 Now Mount Sinai was completely in smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire. Its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain[a] quaked greatly.

Exodus 19:20 Then the LORD came down upon Mount Sinai, on the top of the mountain. And the LORD called Moses to the top of the mountain, and Moses went up.

Exodus 24:16 Now the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day He called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.

Lev. 7:38 which the LORD commanded Moses on Mount Sinai, on the day when He commanded the children of Israel to offer their offerings to the LORD in the Wilderness of Sinai.

Lev. 26:46 These are the statutes and judgments and laws which the LORD made between Himself and the children of Israel on Mount Sinai by the hand of Moses.

Lev. 27:34 These are the commandments which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel on Mount Sinai.

Deuter. 33:2 The LORD came from Sinai,
And dawned on them from Seir;
He shone forth from Mount Paran,
And He came with ten thousands of saints;
From His right hand
Came a fiery law for them.

Judges 5:5 The mountains gushed before the LORD,
This Sinai, before the LORD God of Israel.

Nehemiah 9:13 You came down also on Mount Sinai,
And spoke with them from heaven,
And gave them just ordinances and true laws,
Good statutes and commandments.

Gal 4:24 which things are symbolic. For these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai which gives birth to bondage, which is Hagar—


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