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May 31, 2002|
NEW YORK - As part of his campaign, New York Cityís new mayor had offered a proposal to add an additional required component to OB/GYN residency programs in all New York City city-owned hospitals; abortion training. The training is outlined in Michael Bloombergís Blueprint for Public Health along with a proposal requiring victims of sexual assault to be given emergency contraception when taken to emergency rooms. ( http://womensissues.about.com/library/weekly/aa011002a.htm ) CBSNews.com reported on April 5, 2002 that the mandatory abortion training was initiated by the National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL), which met with Bloomberg and the other Mayoral candidates last year. Previously, training on how to commit abortions was an elective. Beginning in July it will be required and those who have moral or religious objections must opt out.
One-seventh of the nationís doctors are trained in NYC hospitals and abortion industry leaders hope to see an expansion of abortionists throughout the country as a result of the Bloomberg initiative.
Michael Bloomberg is a liberal Democrat masquerading as a Republican, a classic example of a RINO (Republican in name only.)
Planned Parenthood has argued the measure, which was not given immediate effect and so will likely take effect in late March or April of 2003, will mean cuts in family planning services because its clinics will lose funding to other less experienced facilities.
Supporters argued there would be no loss in services because the legislation requires that there be no net loss of service in redistributing the family planning funds and allows full funding to clinics that offer abortions if there is no other family planning provider in the area. (Gongwer News Service, 5/23/02)
[Sounds like a great opportunity to establish Natural Family Planning (NFP) clinics all over the state of Michigan!]
The decision by the eight-member jury was reached Friday, May 24, but announced this week. It awarded $19,000 in back pay and more than $28,000 in damages for emotional distress to 28-year-old Michelle Diaz, who said dispensing "morning after" contraceptive pills violated her religious beliefs.
The jury found that firing Diaz violated her constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of religion.
County officials plan to ask U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips to set aside the jury verdict. They argue that Diaz was still a probationary employee in June 1999 when clinic officials learned she was telling other nurses who worked at the Riverside Neighborhood Health Center that they would be required to perform abortions.
[The so-called "morning-after" pill or "emergency contraceptive pill (ECP)" is designed to work in two ways. If ovulation has not occurred, it can prevent conception. If ovulation has occurred and conception has taken place, it prevents implantation of the developing embryo in his motherís womb causing an early abortion.]
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