|By PR Newswire||
|January 16, 2013 03:42 AM EST||
IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Twelve nurses working in a Newark surgery unit are being honored today as heroes by the Rosa Cee Community, a collective of women advocating responsible parenthood, for their defiance of hospital mandates and administrative intimidation in refusing to take part in elective abortions that compromised their moral convictions. The story, written by The Alliance Defending Freedom on LifeSiteNews.com here www.lifesitenews.com/news/they-said-no-what-happened-when-12-nurses-refused-to-participate-in-abortio/ , introduces a tight-knit group of coworkers who enjoy helping people every day. Fe Esperanza Racpan Vinoya, one of the 12 nurses and a 25-year veteran in the profession, was quoted saying, "It's a noble job. Very fulfilling ... a healing profession. Everything you do for the patient just makes them feel better and satisfies my entire being, because I've helped someone."
That daily satisfaction came to an abrupt ending though after hospital management insisted that all nurses be willing to perform abortions or risk being fired. "We were all shocked," Fe says. "All these years I've been a nurse, I was never told to help kill children." The struggle, which took place at the Same Day Surgery Unit at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ), in Newark, began with the nurses formally submitting a written petition to the hospital board in defiance of the administrative mandate. With a little help from lawyers at ADF working in a pro-bono capacity, a court hearing was scheduled to challenge hospital officials regarding the right and legality to force these nurses to perform such work in non-emergency elective circumstances. The case eventually settled though, with a victory for the nurses. "We had gotten everything (the 12 nurses) requested," Demetrios Stratis, their representing attorney, says. "We'd gotten the hospital to agree not to force them to perform these abortions."
"At the Rosa Cee Collective, our goal is not only to maintain standards for responsible and moral parenting, but raise awareness for those who perform admirable acts of civility in supporting responsible parenting," says Sherrie Williams, the founder of the women's community. "The selfless actions taken by these 12 women to peacefully object to what they considered morally wrong, while assuming the financial burden and risk of losing their jobs, is the epitome of courage and honorable conduct. These women are heroes, and we pray more organizations learn from this episode by ending their intimidation tactics."
Who We Are
The Rosa Cee Community is a collective of women advocating responsible parenting. It was created in 2011 by founder Sherrie Williams after returning from a missionary trip in Mexico. She and other concerned mothers felt that society was rapidly losing moral integrity in parenting and childrearing, and decided to convene regularly to help determine ways to make a difference. The group has grown significantly across Southern California and is now an active national voice for the proper care of children.
SOURCE Rosa Cee Community