Hospital insists pro-life nurse help with abortion

A pro-life nurse was coerced and manipulated into helping commit a late-term abortion against her conscience and is suing the hospital. Here is her story:

A Brooklyn nurse claims she was forced to choose between her religious convictions and her job when Mount Sinai Hospital ordered her to assist in a late-term abortion against her will.

The hospital even exaggerated the patient’s condition and claimed the woman could die if the nurse, a devout Catholic, did not follow orders, the nurse alleges in a lawsuit.

“It felt like a horror film unfolding,” said Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo, 35, who claims she has had gruesome nightmares and hasn’t been able to sleep since the May 24 incident.

The married mother of a year-old baby was 30 minutes into her early-morning shift when she realized she had been assigned to an abortion. She begged her supervisor to find a replacement nurse for the procedure. The hospital had a six-hour window to find a fill-in, the suit says.

Bosses told the weeping Cenzon-DeCarlo the patient was 22 weeks into her pregnancy and had preeclampsia, a condition marked by high blood pressure that can lead to seizures or death if left untreated.

The supervisor “claimed that the mother could die if [Cenzon-DeCarlo] did not assist in the abortion.”

But the nurse, the niece of a Filipino bishop, contends that the patient’s life was not in danger. She argued that the patient was not even on magnesium therapy, a common treatment for preeclampsia, and did not have problems indicating an emergency.

Her pleas were rejected, and instead she was threatened with career-ending charges of insubordination and patient abandonment, according to the lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court.

Feeling threatened, Cenzon-DeCarlo assisted in the procedure.

She said she later learned that the hospital’s own records deemed the procedure “Category II,” which is not considered immediately life threatening.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • Rose

    Deception and coercion are hallmarks of the abortion industry. I hope she sues the hospital.
    Meanwhile, Congress Daily reports, “The Senate Finance Committee has discussed imposing a 10 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes.”
    Abortion is not medically necessary and should be taxed highly until the day it is banned.

  • Rose

    Deception and coercion are hallmarks of the abortion industry. I hope she sues the hospital.
    Meanwhile, Congress Daily reports, “The Senate Finance Committee has discussed imposing a 10 percent excise tax on cosmetic surgery deemed unnecessary for medical purposes.”
    Abortion is not medically necessary and should be taxed highly until the day it is banned.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Oh, that’s a great idea Rose. There’s no reason she shouldn’t win this lawsuit. The hospital’s board of directors should be ashamed of the two-headed monster they are stewards of. The only right thing to do is to stop providing non-life-threatening abortions. Tax-dollars and health insurance companies aren’t allows to pay for this sort of senseless violence, right?

  • Bryan Lindemood

    Oh, that’s a great idea Rose. There’s no reason she shouldn’t win this lawsuit. The hospital’s board of directors should be ashamed of the two-headed monster they are stewards of. The only right thing to do is to stop providing non-life-threatening abortions. Tax-dollars and health insurance companies aren’t allows to pay for this sort of senseless violence, right?

  • Rev. Bob

    So much for a woman’s right to choose…

  • Rev. Bob

    So much for a woman’s right to choose…

  • Bryan Lindemood

    …the senseless death of her and her husband/boyfriend’s child.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    …the senseless death of her and her husband/boyfriend’s child.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    It’s generally a bad idea to form opinions based on one side’s take of a lawsuit, especially when the other side isn’t commenting, and even more especially when it’s reported in the New York Post.

    But I think we can say that it’s very unfortunate that the nurse was put in this position. And yet, it’s also unfortunate that she chose to participate in the abortion. Hopefully, she has repented of her action and knows that God has forgiven her of this.

    I realize it’s a hard situation to be in — one I can’t truly imagine — but we should pray that, should we (or the nurse) find ourselves in such situations in the future, that we would have the strength to do the right thing, even if it would cost us our job (or worse!).

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    It’s generally a bad idea to form opinions based on one side’s take of a lawsuit, especially when the other side isn’t commenting, and even more especially when it’s reported in the New York Post.

    But I think we can say that it’s very unfortunate that the nurse was put in this position. And yet, it’s also unfortunate that she chose to participate in the abortion. Hopefully, she has repented of her action and knows that God has forgiven her of this.

    I realize it’s a hard situation to be in — one I can’t truly imagine — but we should pray that, should we (or the nurse) find ourselves in such situations in the future, that we would have the strength to do the right thing, even if it would cost us our job (or worse!).

  • fws

    isnt it surprising and great that we only hear isolated accounts of this sort of thing?

  • fws

    isnt it surprising and great that we only hear isolated accounts of this sort of thing?

  • Cincinnatus

    fws, are you implying that abortion is thus rare? Or that the media exhaustively reports on all incidents of everything?

    Interesting conclusions.

  • Cincinnatus

    fws, are you implying that abortion is thus rare? Or that the media exhaustively reports on all incidents of everything?

    Interesting conclusions.

  • Booklover

    Good insight Rev. Bob # 3, good insight.

  • Booklover

    Good insight Rev. Bob # 3, good insight.

  • Quinn M

    @fws:

    This happens very often. I know nurses that have worked out elaborate schemes lest anyone find out that they are pro-life. The moment they are found out, they are inevitably assigned late term abortions until they quit or refuse and are fired. The unions normally support this.

  • Quinn M

    @fws:

    This happens very often. I know nurses that have worked out elaborate schemes lest anyone find out that they are pro-life. The moment they are found out, they are inevitably assigned late term abortions until they quit or refuse and are fired. The unions normally support this.

  • CRB

    Rose said: “Deception and coercion are hallmarks of the abortion industry.”
    Yes, and they have Big Brother as their backup! Deception reigns in the abortion industry AND in the government!
    Someday God’s wrath will be poured out on the country, and
    then it will be too late!

  • CRB

    Rose said: “Deception and coercion are hallmarks of the abortion industry.”
    Yes, and they have Big Brother as their backup! Deception reigns in the abortion industry AND in the government!
    Someday God’s wrath will be poured out on the country, and
    then it will be too late!


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