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N.J. Nurses Sue Over Abortion Policy; St. Paul Hospital Stops Abortions

A dozen nurses say the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey violated laws by mandating they help with abortion patients. Meanwhile, Regions Hospital in St. Paul will stop providing abortions in December.

The Washington Post: New Jersey Nurses Charge Religious Discrimination Over Hospital Abortion Policy
In a lawsuit filed in federal court Oct. 31, 12 nurses charge that the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey violated state and federal laws by abruptly announcing in September that nurses would have to help with abortion patients before and after the procedure, reversing a long-standing policy exempting employees who refuse based on religious or moral objections (Stein, 11/27).

The Associated Press/Minnesota Public Radio: Regions Hospital To Discontinue Abortions
Regions Hospital in St. Paul says it will stop providing abortions next month when it closes its GYN Special Services Clinic. ... Last year the clinic performed 545 abortions (11/25). 

Minneapolis Star Tribune: Regions Hospital To Stop Providing Elective Abortions
Regions Hospital in St. Paul said Friday that it will stop performing elective abortions after Dec. 9, when it closes its reproductive GYN Special Services Clinic. The hospital said it reached the decision because the number of abortions has been falling for years and other clinics in the Twin Cities provide similar services. Abortion opponents, however, said their years of protests forced the action (Wolfe, 11/25).

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