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Hellwege v. Tampa Family Health Centers

Baby's Feet


In the spring of 2014, Sara Hellwege, completing her education in nurse midwifery, sought employment as a nurse midwife at Tampa Family Health Centers (TFHC). She was quizzed about her membership with American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists (AAPLOG) and her pro-life religious objection to certain hormonal abortifacients and birth control. She was then informed that, because she was a member of AAPLOG and held her religious convictions, she would not be allowed to proceed in the hiring process.

Alliance Defending Freedom filed suit in federal district court in Florida, and filed administrative claims with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well as the EEOC, claiming that the actions of TFHC violated Mrs. Hellwege’s rights of conscience and were unlawful. 

What's at stake

Freedom of conscience for health professionals who object to drugs that may destroy early human life

Protect Christians from religious discrimination in employment

Our role in this case

Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys filed suit in federal district court in Florida and administrative complaints with HHS and the EEOC.

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