A Texas bus driver who refused to bring a woman to Planned Parenthood is suing after being fired.
Edwin A. Graning worked for the Capital Area Rural Transportation System (CARTS) near Austin, Texas, for less than a year before he was let go in January. At the time, he told his supervisor that, “in good conscience, he could not take someone to have an abortion,” according to the lawsuit. Graning is an ordained Christian minister.
…He is seeking reinstatement, back pay, and compensatory damages for pain, suffering and emotional distress.
Right…because I’m sure the woman he shamed and refused to drive (which was, you know, his job) wasn’t pained or distressed at all. This reminds me of extremist pharmacists arguing they shouldn’t have to dispense emergency contraception or birth control pills if it goes against their “conscience.” It’s bullshit; do your job. Women’s legal right to access medical and health services trumps some anti-choicer being made to feel uncomfortable. Even if you have compassion for folks who don’t want to act in a way that compromises their conscience – the fact is that their refusal to do their job could seriously impede someone’s access to care. And there’s nothing more important than that.