Pro-Life Hospital Chaplain Fired After Social Media Posts Condemning Abortion

State   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Nov 30, 2022   |   5:25PM   |   Orlando, Florida

A growing number of pro-life Americans are reporting being fired from their jobs for sharing their views opposing the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

This week, Florida Politics reports a former hospital chaplain in Florida sued Orlando Health after he says he was fired for describing abortion as “immoral” in a personal Facebook post.

The Rev. Jay McCaig said he served as the chaplain at St. Cloud Hospital for more than 10 years, and he never was reprimanded or disciplined before the hospital fired him on April 11, 2021.

McCaig said he believes a post on his personal Facebook page that described abortion as “immoral, a sin against God, and contrary to such teachings of the Bible” was the cause, according to the lawsuit.

The pastor said his former employer never told him how he allegedly violated hospital policy. He said he never discussed his pro-life beliefs with patients or staff on the job, Florida Politics reports.

His lawsuit quotes an email from Orlando Health human resource officer Karen Frenier to McCaig, citing “concerns” about his social media posts and his ability to provide spiritual and emotional care to a “diverse” group of people.

“In addition, there were verbal complaints from team members and the Orlando Health Alert Line received a formal complaint regarding your social media activity,” Frenier wrote, according to the lawsuit.

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The First Amendment protects Americans’ right to free speech and to practice their religious beliefs. McCaig said his personal Facebook page did not mention his work at the hospital, so he was speaking personally in accordance with his rights.

“My beliefs regarding abortion are my religious beliefs and my understanding of the Biblical text. Those religious beliefs are why I was terminated,” he said, according to Florida Politics.

In a statement Monday, the hospital did not say why it fired McCaig. However, spokesperson Kena Lewis did accuse the pastor of “mischaracterizing the facts” in the lawsuit.

“As indicated in the Complaint, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has already reviewed Mr. McCaig’s allegations and decided not to proceed with any further investigation or action. We will have no further comment on this matter,” Lewis said in the statement.

Separately, this week, a female lawyer at a major law firm, Hogan Lovells, said she also was fired for expressing her pro-life beliefs. In a column at the Wall Street Journal, Robin Keller said she voiced her opinion during a “safe space” conference call for women at the firm in response to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health.

“If this could happen to me, anyone who expresses a disfavored opinion—even on a matter of law—can expect the same treatment: immediate cancellation without concern for client interests, due process or fairness,” Keller wrote.

Pro-life doctors also have been suspended in England and South Africa for their pro-life beliefs.

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