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Dec. 13, 2002|
Jewish Population Crisis Revives Anti-Abortion Council |
Despite controversy, the government-funded Israel Council for Demography was revived after being dormant for five years. The council discourages Jewish abortions and intermarriage and encourages Jews to have more children with incentives such as housing benefits and other grants. The recognition that an official abortion-discouraging council is needed is due to a 'demographic crisis' made public by a study released showing the Jewish population outside Israel is declining at an alarming rate. The main decline in the Jewish population seems to be in the U.S. where there has been a decline of 300,000, from 5.5 million in 1990 to 5.2 million in 2002. (Irish Pro-Life News, 12/9/02)
The ACLJ filed complaints with the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights on behalf of Cynthia Day of Marrero, LA, who is employed as a public health nurse.
The complaints contended that Day repeatedly told her supervisors that she could not dispense what is known as a "morning-after" pill medication designed to end pregnancies. Day says she holds a sincere religious belief that human life, beginning at fertilization, is sacred and cannot be harmed in any way. She was criticized for her beliefs and threatened with being fired.
Within days of filing the complaints, and following publicity about the case, Day received a letter from Madeline W. McAndrew, Assistant Secretary of the Dept. of Health and Hospitals, saying the Health Department "is rescinding the proposed action and will accommodate your request based on religious and moral grounds." McAndrew told Day she had instructed officials to "immediately remove you from any duties that require you to discuss or provide the emergency contraception pill."
The resolution of the case comes on the heels of a major federal court decision in California in which the ACLJ successfully convinced a jury that Riverside County violated the constitutional rights of a former nurse who was fired from her job for refusing to dispense "morning-after" medication. Damages in that case, including a jury award and attorney’s fees totaled $100,000.
"In a society that has banished God’s law, it is not prudent to sign anything that spells out conditions under which you would rather be dead." ("Medical decision-making in accord with the divine plan; Part II: Advance directives," Celebrate Life Magazine September/October 2002)
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