A physician’s assistant says she was fired by her Catholic employer after voicing moral objections to emergency contraception but she is being hailed as a hero by some for sticking by her beliefs.
Megan Kreft told the National Catholic Register she was fired from Providence Medical Group, a Catholic health organization, and has since filed a complaint with the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
LifeNews.com reported in a June 23 story that Kreft was alarmed to learn medical staff were providing services not approved by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and she soon faced her own moral dilemma when a patient requested emergency contraception.
She was punished, then fired, she alleges, for refusing to provide for or refer for services that contradict Catholic moral teaching in areas such as contraception, emergency contraception, and sterilization.
Hugh Brown of American Life League tells OneNewsNow that Kreft’s firing, after standing up for Catholic beliefs, makes it clear the hospital employee was not working for a genuine Catholic hospital.
“It is not a Catholic hospital,” he insists. “And the bishop in that area should step in immediately and have that person reinstated or threaten to take the Catholic identity from that hospital. It's as simple as that.”
Providence Medical Group states on its website it operates 51 hospitals, 1,085 medical clinics, and employs 25,000 doctors and 38,000 nurses.
Brown says many fellow Catholics have “sold their souls” in the decades following the Roe v Wade ruling.
“And until that stops,” he says, “the church is going to continue to get smaller, to be more marginalizez. And I think that the persecution of the church, it's invited on itself because it refuses to stand for what it believes.”
7/10/20 - Paragraph four revised.