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Published On: Sat, Jun 9th, 2012

Margaret Forrester, UK NHS worker, suspended for giving pro-life booklet to co-worker

The UK National Health Service is now facing a lawsuit in the wake of suspending Margaret Forrester for giving a colleague a pro-life, charity booklet.

Forsaken: Women from Tauton Talk about Abortion Photo/Amazon

Forrester claims her rights to free speech and religion have been violated.

Margaret Forrester works as a Psychological Wellbeing Practitioner for the National Health Service in the United Kingdon and was suspended in November 2010 after she  privately told colleagues she was concerned women receiving abortions were not adequately educated on the negative effects of the procedure.

She then gave a pro-life, charity-sponsored booklet entitled “Forsaken” to one of her colleagues. The booklet tells the stories of five women who have experienced what it calls “post abortion syndrome”, which describes a range of symptoms including long term depression, relationship difficulties, suicidal feelings and physical complications, such as infection and fertility problems.

It was shortly after that encounter that the mental health practitioner was suspended and later fired for “gross professional misconduct.”

Now Forrester has filed grievances regarding her suspension with England’s High Court, where she filed a lawsuit Monday.

She is being represented by the Thomas Moore Legal Center, a conservative religious freedom charity, and is arguing that the handling of her religious expression by the Central and North West London NHS Trust was a human rights violation.

“If employees of the NHS cannot even discuss the subject of abortion with their colleagues then this means that the NHS has become a dangerously totalitarian organization with no regard for freedom or diversity,” a representative for the Thomas Moore Legal Society told the publication.

 

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