Court Rules Nurse Fired for Refusing to Assist Abortions Didn’t Have Her Rights Violated

International   |   Dave Andrusko   |   Dec 20, 2019   |   6:39PM   |   Stockholm, Sweden

Over the years we have posted many stories about Swedish midwife Ellinor Grimmark and her courageous refusal to participate in abortions. She has lost on many legal and administrative forums but continues to fight on.

I ran across a Swedish news outlet today that reported how a Wednesday ruling from a Swedish labor court “defended Joenkoeping region‘s right to require midwives to carry out abortions.” We read

Ellinor Grimmark argued that her Christian beliefs made it impossible for her to carry out abortions and that it was unfair to be turned down for jobs in Joenkoeping because of that.

But the labour court ruled that she had not suffered discrimination. It said the authorities had not violated her “freedom of opinion and expression”. …

Ms Grimmark says she will take her case to the European Court of Human Rights. It cannot overrule Sweden‘s courts, but if it finds a violation it can order a compensation payment.

The Svenska Dagbladet daily says she now has a legal bill of about 1.5m kronor ($170,000).

Back in 2017, just prior to filing a prior application with the European Court of Human Rights against Sweden. Grimmark said,“I chose the midwifery profession because I wanted to help bring life into this world,” during a media background briefing in Strasbourg. “I cannot understand why the Swedish government refuses to accommodate my conscientious convictions. I am now working in Norway, where my conscience is respected, but no one can explain why Sweden cannot do the same.”

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ADF International Director of European Advocacy Robert Clarke also said at the time, “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. Instead of forcing desperately needed midwives out of a profession, governments should look to safeguard the moral convictions of medical staff. Clarke added, “Ellinor’s case could determine whether people who value life at all stages of development will be able to pursue a medical career in the future. Sweden has failed to protect this midwife’s fundamental right to freedom of conscience guaranteed by international law.”

According to ADF International, “Three different medical clinics had refused to employ Grimmark because she would not assist with abortions in light of her convictions about the dignity of all human life.” Note: Dave Andrusko is the editor of National Right to Life News and an author and editor of several books on abortion topics. This post originally appeared in at National Right to Life News Today —- an online column on pro-life issues.