A nurse who claims she lost her job in Illinois over her pro-life stance could get some legal help from the Trump administration.
Sandra Rojas worked for 18 years for the Winnebago County Health Dept. when the pediatric unit was merged with the women's health unit in 2015 under a new administrator.
A conflict soon arose when Rojas told the new boss that she refused to participate in abortion-related services, says attorney Noel Sterett of the Chicago law firm Mauck and Baker, which is representing Rojas.
"The new administrator basically showed her the door," Sterett alleges, "saying, Unless you willing to do this and participate, you can't work here."
Sterett and the law firm filed a complaint Jan. 16 with the federal Dept. of Health and Human Services, alleging the county broke federal law that protects medical professionals who raise moral objections to abortion-related services.
Sterett tells OneNewsNow that the Office of Civil Rights at HHS would be the agency to investigate.
It was also reported this week that HHS has established a division within the Office of Civil Rights known as the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which has been described as a huge pivot from the abortion-supporting, anti-religious Obama administration.
Sterett, meanwhile, filed a lawsuit against Winnebago County on behalf of Rojas last year and that decision should be announced next month.
Attorneys for the county have claimed in court papers that Rojas was offered a county job at a nursing home but chose to resign instead, an Illinois newspaper reported this week.