Catholic Educator Fired for Refusing to Teach Birth Control: “I Will Always Put My Faith First”

National   Erin Parfet   Dec 26, 2016   |   4:40PM    Washington, DC

After she was mandated to teach birth control against her religious beliefs in her role as a health worker, Karen Alexa Palma filed a lawsuit citing discrimination and saying that contraception “disrupts the natural beauty of how God designed our bodies to work,” the Washington Post reports.

“My Catholic faith teaches me that contraception is wrong,” Karen Alexa Palma said. “I cannot teach a class that violates my religious beliefs. I will always put my faith first.”

For eighteen months, Palma was allowed to show patients a 20-minute video addressing birth control rather than presenting the subject herself. Registered nurses were available to answer further questions from patients.

“The religious accommodation was very small and it did not increase the work of other employees at Legacy, nor did it cause hardship upon my employer,” Palma said. “Moreover, it did not affect the vast majority of what I did as health educator.”

However, under new management, it became mandatory for Palma to teach contraception and attend training on the subject matter at a local Planned Parenthood facility. Palma refused, was ultimately fired, and subsequently filed discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Sadly, this is not an isolated case. Others in educational roles have been fired for their pro-life views.

One such case occurred last month in British Columbia in which a passing opinion against abortion “triggered” a student who subsequently felt “unsafe.” She and a few other students did not return to class after their scheduled 5-minute break.

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“I find abortion to be wrong but the law is often different from our personal opinions,” the 12th grade law instructor said before continuing with his lesson, according to the National Post.

The instructor apologized to the student personally, and complimented her academics and classroom participation, the same thing he shared with her father just nights before at parent-teacher night. However, the irate student again complained to school administrators. The instructor was reprimanded for being “too personal” in his apology, ultimately leading to his firing.

“Such is the cost of a small misstep in a crushingly politically correct world,” the instructor stated.

Such is the cost of missteps in not only a politically correct world – but a world where the values surrounding the beautiful gift of life have largely been shattered, a world where those seeking to preserve, protect, and uphold what is left of these values to educate patients and future generations on the inalienable right of life are not valued, but vilified.

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