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Anti-abortion midwife appeals to European Court

Published torsdag 13 april 2017 kl 10.10
Ellinor Grimmark is appealing to the Strasbourg court
Ellinor Grimmark is appealing to the European Court of Human Rights Credit: FREDRIK PERSSON / TT

The midwife who lost a landmark case in the Swedish labour court on Wednesday is appealing the ruling to the European Court of Human Rights.

The appeal, which was expected, was announced this morning by her legal representative, Ruth Nordström.       

The midwife, Ellinor Grimmark, was denied a job at a maternity clinic in 2013 because she objected to assisting in abortions, giving out the morning-after pill, or inserting the contraceptive coil, on the grounds of her Christian faith.

She was subsequently refused positions at two other hospitals in the region.

The Swedish Labour Court, or Arbetsdomstol, ruled that region Jönköping did not discriminate against Grimmark when it decided not to employ her. 

The court also ruled that Grimmark must pay Jönköping county SEK 606,000 in legal costs.

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