Sister Dede Byrne sues D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser
'I’ve closed my clinics for the month. I can’t see patients.'

2022-03-11T15:35:08-08:00March 13th, 2022|Abortion and pro-life issues|

Sister Dierdre Byrne, a Roman Catholic nun who is also a physician-surgeon and a retired U.S. Army colonel, is suing Washington, D.C. for denying her a religious exemption to its Covid-19 vaccination mandate for health care workers.

Known as “Sister Dede,” Byrne was an Army doctor who did a three-month tour in Afghanistan as a reservist prior to joining the Sisters of the Little Workers of the Sacred Heart. In Washington, she serves as medical director of her convent’s free medical clinic. She also operates an abortion-pill-reversal ministry in the city.

She objects to the mandate on moral grounds because all three vaccines approved for use in the United States “have been tested, developed, or produced with cell lines derived from abortions,” which she says violates her Catholic beliefs, according to a statement from one of her attorneys, Christopher Ferrara, special counsel for the Thomas More Society, a nonprofit law firm focused on religious liberty cases.

The district began requiring health care workers to be vaccinated against the virus that causes Covid-19 in August. Though the policy includes exemptions for medical or religious reasons, Byrne’s application was denied.

In an interview with Raymond Arroyo that aired on EWTN’s “The World Over” March 10,  Bryne said the city has suspended her medical license because she remains unvaccinated, though she maintains she has natural immunity to Covid-19 after contracting and recovering from the coronavirus.

“I can’t practice. I’ve closed my clinics for the month. I can’t see patients. I just can’t help anyone,” said Byrne, a board-certified general surgeon and family physician.

Byrne told Arroyo she decided to fight the district in court “because I feel like I’m just a little tip of an arrow of so many people who are being forced to do the same thing.” You can watch her full interview with Arroyo in this video.

The Thomas More Society filed the lawsuit on March 9 in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, the district’s. health department, and other district officials are named as defendants….

The lawsuit notes that Bowser has twice been previously chastised by the court for burdening religion by her abuse of “emergency powers….”

You can read the full complaint here.

The above comes from a March 11 story on the site of the Catholic News Agency.


  1. jab is poison March 13, 2022 at 11:21 am - Reply

    The unexpected death rate among Millennials has shot up several hundred percent above normal. Life insurers are calling it a 1 in 10,000 year statistical anomaly.

    Hmm… what happened the past year that could cause Millennials to die from heart failure and strokes? Oh, yeah… the vaccine.

    The jab is poison.

    Hailey Bieber, wife of Justin Bieber, is 25 years old and had a stroke.

    Tha jab is poison.

    Young athletes are dying.

    The jab is poison.

    Shame on everyone who tried to force people to get jabbed.

    Double shame on church personnel who have tried to force people to get jabbed in the name of “loving your neighbor”.

    • poisonisarockband March 13, 2022 at 4:55 pm - Reply

      She did not get the blood clot from the vaccine.
      They are concerned that she got it from COVID because her husband recently had it.
      Nobody needs to be ashamed because you don’t agree with them.
      I am sure you posted your misinformation not knowing the true situation.
      Many articles did not go into any more detail than her IG post.

    • Michael Joseph Dremel March 14, 2022 at 12:55 pm - Reply

      I am frankly amazed at the confirmation bias and fallacious use of logic to “prove” the jab is “poison”. Credible sources say that the Moderna vaccine is not poisonous, yet other sources who have rather right wing conservative leanings seem to say otherwise. Is the vaccine made out of abortive tissue: check

      • rewrite March 14, 2022 at 4:29 pm - Reply

        The Moderna vaccine has the potential to rewrite your DNA. Don’t get me started on that.

        • it doesn't March 15, 2022 at 5:17 pm - Reply

          No it doesn’t. Even the study that social media-ites use to push that falsehood acknowledged that it could not do that.

  2. asdfa March 13, 2022 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Sister and her attorney keep saying on that video that “this makes no sense” that the government of the District of Columbia to deny her exemption. It actually makes perfect sense because:

    She also operates an abortion-pill-reversal ministry in the city.

    The DC has a vested interest in as many successful abortions as possible both because it validates the progressive narrative and relieves the burden of having to explain why their policies and ideology increase poverty. Less poor brown babies mean less to answer for….

  3. Your Fellow Catholic March 13, 2022 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    Hmm no references.

    • Peggy March 14, 2022 at 4:57 pm - Reply

      YFC. You are so tiresome! One minute of search finds this:

      Part of Byrne’s work at her order’s Washington, D.C. medical clinic involves attempting to reverse the effects of the abortion pill. A chemical abortion is a two-step process; the first pill cuts off the supply of nutrients to the unborn baby, and the second causes the uterus to expel the deceased baby.

      “Abortion pill reversal” can occur with varying degrees of success after the first pill is taken. Byrne said on Friday that her work on abortion pill reversals has been “an incredible blessing,” and that about 60% of women who seek to reverse the effects of the first drug are able to continue their pregnancies.

  4. fact checker March 14, 2022 at 9:14 am - Reply

    YFC: No references from a biased fact-checker?

  5. your chances March 14, 2022 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    The CDC has confirmed that deaths account for 1.3% of vaccine side effects. That means there is a 98.7% chance of surviving the vaccine, which is less than the general population’s chance of surviving Covid.

    So you’re better off taking your chances with Covid than with the “not a vaccine”, statistically speaking.

    I’d say treating a disease with a “not a vaccine” whose risk of death for most people is greater than if the disease itself is contracted amounts to poisoning people. Yes I would.

    For love of neighbor you should urge people not to get vaccinated.

  6. Peggy March 14, 2022 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Sorry, Michael, you are wrong.

    “Many of you have asked about Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine and whether it uses aborted fetal cells or not. The following links contain all the proof anyone needs to show that the aborted fetal cell line HEK-293 was indeed used extensively by Moderna in numerous patents in the fundamental design of mRNA technology and in the original vaccine research, development, production and testing”. from Children of God for Life

  7. Dr. Mengele March 14, 2022 at 9:37 pm - Reply

    Yah! People just don’t know their history.

    Young, thin healthy fashion models are always having strokes.

    Remember when young Cindy Crawford had a stroke
    and young Cherl Teigs had one … and young Heidi Klum
    and young Giesele Bundchen

    and athletes …VERY common to fall down dead on the field
    remember when young Mickey Mantle fell down dead with a heart attack
    and Lou Gehrig fell down dead of a heart attack in Yankee Stadium,
    they still call it Lou Gehrig’s disease.

    Has nothing to do with the Covid Vaccine.

    • could be March 15, 2022 at 2:18 pm - Reply

      Could be birth control pills causing it.

  8. Hymie March 14, 2022 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Sister v. Sista.

  9. Sister Dede Won Her Case! March 15, 2022 at 12:22 am - Reply

    On Fri. March 11th, the D.C. District Court granted Sister Dede her religious exemption. She won!

  10. duped March 15, 2022 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    The Covid vaccines and lockdowns and mask mandates and social isolation did far more damage to healthy people than would have happened if the virus had been allowed to spread naturally.

    Nobody who was a rabid vaccine promoter and lockdown promoter will ever be my friend again until they admit they were foolishly wrong and duped by the elites.

    • Just Saying March 15, 2022 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Who would ever want to be a friend d with a person who calls himself “duped”?

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