Spurned nurse-midwife sues Tampa clinic over contraception duties


TAMPA — A nurse-midwife fresh out of school has filed a federal discrimination lawsuit against a Tampa health chain, alleging she was refused a job because of her religious opposition to prescribing birth control pills and abortion drugs.

Sara Hellwege, 27, of Atlanta sued Tampa Family Health Centers Inc. and its human resources director, Chad L. Lindsey, seeking damages of $400,000 and the return of federal money paid to the centers this year.

Her four attorneys work for the Alliance Defending Freedom, a conservative Christian legal group that opposes abortion.



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