January 11, 2011
Vanderbilt University is the subject of a federal complaint filed today by officials with the Alliance Defense Fund over requiring nursing students to participate in abortions.
ADF, a pro-life legal group, filed the complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services saying it illegally forces the students to do the abortions despite receiving $300 million in federal tax dollars each year. Federal law prohibits grant recipients from forcing students or health care workers to participate in abortions contrary to their religious beliefs or moral convictions.
The complaint was filed in behalf of a fourth-year nursing student at another university who wants to apply to Vanderbiltâ€™s nurse residency program but wonâ€™t do so because of the abortion policy. She says Vanderbilt admission forms require her to promise to participate in abortions.
LifeNews.com has contacted Vanderbilt officials for comment and is awaiting a reply.