Midwife fights demand she help with abortions

By Bob Unruh

Ellinor Grimmark

Ellinor Grimmark

A Christian who was denied employment by several medical clinics in Sweden because she would not assist with abortions is taking her lawsuit for her conscience rights to the European Court of Human Rights.

Ellinor Grimmark, a midwife, sued in Sweden after she repeatedly had job offers withdrawn because she would not facilitate abortion procedures in violation of her faith.

“The desire to help bring life into this world is what leads many midwives and nurses to enter the medical profession in the first place,” said Robert Clarke, the director of European Advocacy for the Alliance Defending Freedom.

“Elinor’s case would determine whether people who value life at all stages of development will be able to pursue a medical career in the future,” Clarke said. “Sweden has failed to protect this midwife’s fundamental right to freedom of conscience guaranteed by international law.”

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ADF said Grimmark filed her application with the international court after she was forced to seek work in another country.

The international legal team explained businesses in Sweden reneged on job offers to Grimmark, “because she would not assist with abortions in light of her convictions about the dignity of human life.”

On April 12, the Swedish Labor Court of Appeal refused to protect her freedom of conscience and instead found that Grimmark’s rights had not been violated, ADF said.

The decision, however, ADF contended, “contradicts international law protecting conscientious objection.”

The court required her to pay the local government’s legal costs, amount to 100,000 euros, or about $106,000,” ADF said.

The case began in 2013 when the Höglandssjukhuset women’s clinic rescinded a job offer as a midwife to Grimmark after she explained she could not perform abortions Click to see the original article