A former RN at Boston Medical Center is the latest to sue the hospital for firing her last October, saying her rights under the First Amendment and federal equal-opportunity laws were violated because she provided proof of religious reasons she shouldn't get the shots.
In her lawsuit, filed yesterday in US District Court, Kathleen Anastos says that as a Catholic, she could not in good conscience get shots that she feels were either made with or cultured on cell lines derived from aborted fetuses.
Although Pope Francis has urged Catholics to get vaccinated as "an act of love," and Cardinal Sean O'Malley, who publicly got vaccinated Anastos filed an exemption request with a letter from her then parish priest, Timothy Hynes of St. Mary in Foxboro, who in turn cited Auxiliary Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazahkstan:
As a Catholic, she knows that human life is sacred at all stages of its development, from conception to natural death. Accordingly, she refuses any cooperation with the evil of abortion, no matter how remote.
Sadly, at this time all available COVID-19 vaccines are tested and/or manufactured using an aborted 18-week-old fetal cell line HEK-(human embryonic kidney) 293 . As Bishop Athanasius Schneider notes, "the use of an abortion-tainted vaccine is a much more personal confrontation, and a much closer meeting, with the monstrous crimes involved in its production." So much so, that the bishop concludes that “we cannot benefit in any way from their 'by-products'. As a result, he and others like him such as Kathleen Anastos, refuse to take these vaccines, following the guidance of their well-formed conscience which the Church recognizes as a person’s highest moral authority.
His letter, which Anastos filed with her request to the hospital for an exemption ends:
Please do not make Kathleen choose between her career and her conscience.
In addition to considering abortions and anything derived from them as an "abomination," Anastos also objects to the way mRNA vaccines get cells to turn out Covid-19 spikes that the immune system then begins to build antibodies against:
I am created in God’s image and likeness. Injecting a substance that is a blueprint for the cells in my body to produce foreign spike proteins changes my body in ways unintended by my Creator.
Anastos is the latest BMC nurse to sue the hospital. All are represented by Peter Vickery, an Amherst attorney who normally works with employers to fight discrimination cases. Other nurses have cited Mother Nature and spinal adjustment as religious reasons for exemptions.
As in the other cases brought by his clients, Anastos's complaint also states that even if it weren't for religious reasons, the shots are pointless because they fail to protect against infection and spread.