No room in Sweden for a pro-life midwife

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

baby feetA Swedish midwife vows to continue her battle for the right to refuse to participate in abortion. 

Elinor Grimmark, a midwife,  has stated that she chose the profession to help bring life into the world.

Sweden slammed the door on her career when Grimmark, a Christian, refused to participate in abortion on moral and ethical grounds. 

Alliance Defending Freedom International attorney Ruth Nordstrom stated during a press conference that Swedish courts have refused to recognize Grimmark's right of conscience.

“We have received a judgment from the Labor Court regarding the case on freedom of conscience in health care regarding midwife Elinor Grimmark,” Nordstrom said. “And we have now decided together with our client to take this case further to the European Court of Human Rights.”

Grimmark was barred from working as a midwife in Sweden, was ordered to pay the equivalent of $167,000 (USD) in legal fees, and was forced to move to Norway to find work in her chosen profession.

The issues are important not only to their client, said Northstrom, but also to all medical personnel in Europe. 

“This case is groundbreaking on freedom of conscience,” she warned, citing the European Convention on Human Rights. 

"This case," the attorney added, "is also about the right to freedom of expression and freedom of speech.”

 

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