UK midwives protest ruling forcing them to perform abortions

From the UK Telegraph. (H/T Dina)

Excerpt:

Mary Doogan, 57, and Concepta Wood, 51, told NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde they were not prepared to delegate, supervise or support staff who were looking after patients through “the processes of medical termination of pregnancy”. Their position was rejected by officials and they hope to have the ruling set aside in a judicial review.

The women claim the refusal to recognise their entitlement to conscientious objection violates their rights under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

They say they “hold a religious belief that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception and that termination of pregnancy is a grave offence against human life”. Their involvement in the process would be wrongful and “an offence against God”.

Miss Doogan and Mrs Wood, both midwifery sisters at the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow, are seeking a ruling at the Court of Session in Edinburgh on their entitlement to conscientious objection under the 1967 Abortion Act. David Johnston QC, for the women, said the matter became an issue for the midwives, who were long-standing employees, in 2007.

They had both previously given notice of conscientious objection to any involvement in abortions and said they were not expected to participate in such treatment. But in 2007 the health board introduced changes that meant patients undergoing medical terminations were cared for in the labour ward, where the women worked. They were not expected to administer abortion-inducing drugs but management said requiring conscientious objectors to provide care for patients through a termination was lawful.

If the health care system were private, then it would be easy for midwives to find another company to work for that did not violate their consciences. But when the government runs the whole health care system, where are you supposed to go? They are a monopoly and they make the rules. Yet another reasons for Christians to vote for smaller government. In a free market, if you don’t want to buy something from one store, you can go to another store. There is competition. But where are these nurses supposed to go? They are midwives, and the government and the courts make the rules in a government-run health care system.

Even here at home, Obama is showing his hostility to rights of conscience.

3 thoughts on “UK midwives protest ruling forcing them to perform abortions”

  1. “If the health care system were private, then it would be easy for midwives to find another company to work for that did not violate their consciences.” – But we do have a private health care system here in the UK, which runs alongside the NHS. People are free to take out private health plans if they so desire. In other words, we have a choice. The NHS has a lot of faults – mainly administrative – (and I think the system should be much harder on people who wilfully live irresponsible lifestyles), but I would far rather have a system like the NHS than one in which my health is at the mercy of insurance companies, who, of course, are only interested in one thing. For a Christian, is it such a shocking thing to have a system that provides for the poor? Do we really want the poor to endure a living hell, simply because they are poor? What does God think about that? Like you, I’m anti-abortion, but don’t use this issue to make a political point about the NHS. We are not living in a communist society (not even remotely!!), and the government doesn’t decide my treatment: medical professionals do.

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