Welcome reversal at Vanderbilt

Welcome reversal at Vanderbilt

January 24th, 2011 in Opinion Free Press

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has rightly reversed a policy that apparently required students in a nursing program to take part in abortions.

An application packet suggested that students who did not want to provide abortion-related "care" should "apply to a different track of the Nurse Residency Program to explore opportunities that may best fit your skills and career goals," Nashville's Tennessean newspaper reported.

But by federal law, institutions that get federal money cannot force anyone to take part in abortions if that is against his convictions. Fortunately, the school "updated" the application. It now says that no one "is required to participate in a procedure terminating a pregnancy" if that is contrary to the individual's beliefs or convictions.

That is a welcome policy change.