Christian nurse fired for sharing pro-life views settles out of court with National Health Service
LONDON, August 15, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Margaret Forrester, the Christian nurse who was fired for sharing her views on abortion with colleagues, has settled out of court for an undisclosed amount in her suit against her former employers, the National Health Service.
Forrester, 40, was sacked in June 2011 after she shared a booklet showing the medical realities of abortion and its effects on women to her co-workers. Her employer called the book “offensive” and said that she had been guilty of “gross professional misconduct” for discussing the subject.
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Forrester said that the move was a form of discrimination, which she called “dangerously totalitarian.” She took the Central and North Western London NHS Foundation Trust to court, accusing the public service of violating her rights to free speech and religious belief.
She was being represented by the Thomas More Legal Centre, a public advocacy group defending Christians in their increasingly common clashes with British officialdom. She brought two actions against the Trust, one with the courts and the other with an employment tribunal for unfair dismissal, religious discrimination, and religious harassment under the Human Rights Act.
Forrester, a Roman Catholic with “religious and moral objections to abortion,” was employed by the NHS as a Psychological Well Being Practitioner. The booklet she shared, titled “Forsaken,” gave the personal accounts of women who have had abortions and its effects on them.
The Thomas More Legal Centre said they were “privileged to have been able to represent Margaret Forrester in this important case and stands ready to support any other NHS employees who may find themselves being threatened for expressing religious or pro-life views.