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article imagePro-life nurse claims religious bias in Sweden

By Mike White     Jan 24, 2014 in Health
A Swedish midwife has reported her former employers for religious discrimination, after she would not assist with abortions at a hospital in southern Sweden. She claims they discriminated when they would not extend her contract.
The Local reported Ellinor Grimmark, a student nurse, spent her internship at a hospital in Eksjö. She claims she been promised extra work in the summer. According to Grimmark, she told her employer her faith prevented her assisting with any abortions, and the hospital retracted the offer of summer employment. She filed a complaint, which has been submitted to the Swedish discrimination watchdog Diskrimineringsombudsmannen (DO).
"I feel like their reaction was personal," she explained on Friday. Grimmark has now finished her studies and works at another hospital, where she was told that her refusal to help with abortions was not straightforward.
"I declared my attitude to the hospital management and while they think it is problematic they said it was OK and that were prepared to give it a try," Grimmark recalled.
The union has not supported the midwife.
"As a patient in Sweden it must be very clear what (healthcare) you can expect according to Swedish law," Pia Arndorff, the Swedish Association of Health Professionals (Vårdförbundet) vice chairwoman commented. "It should not depend on whom you happen to encounter."
Grimmark, however believes it was totally reasonable for her, because of private conviction, to be able to refuse to do certain work in the public sector.
Grimmark said it is "part and parcel of human rights" for her to have that right and also because of the "freedom of conscience."
It is expected the DO will issue a ruling within a week or two.
The Daily Mail reported abortion is performed on demand and free until week 18 of a pregnancy. By contrast, Britain, which has the most liberal abortion laws in Europe will allow abortion until week 24.
According to, the abortion rate has been increasing in Sweden, even after the introduction of the morning after pill.
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