A dozen nurses in New Jersey have rekindled the contentious
debate over when health-care workers can refuse to play a role in caring
for women getting abortions.
In a lawsuit filed in federal court Oct. 31, 12 nurses charge that the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey
violated state and federal laws by abruptly announcing in September
that nurses would have to help with abortion patients before and after
the procedure, reversing a long-standing policy exempting employees who
refuse based on religious or moral objections.