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For now, hospital can’t force nurses to assist in abortions

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A federal judge has issued a temporary restraining order that prohibits a New Jersey hospital from forcing 12 nurses to participate in training or services related to abortions.

The nurses sued Oct. 31, after the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) in Newark tried to require them to assist in abor­tions despite their religious objections.

Lawyers for the Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative Christian nonprofit organization, represent the nurses and requested the injunction. More hearings on the case are scheduled for this month.

Federal law prohibits hospitals that receive certain federal funds from forcing employees to participate in abortions. UMDNJ receives approximately $60 million in federal health funds annually. Further, state law prevents the hospital from requiring the nurses to participate in abortions or sterilization procedures.

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