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Scottish midwives demand conscience-clause exemption from abortion duty

January 17, 2012

Two midwives in Scotland have brought legal action against the country’s largest health board, charging that they have been coerced to cooperate in abortions, in violation of their conscience rights.

Mary Doogan and Teresa Wood say that they cannot in conscience help with abortion procedures. The offices of the national health service said that the women would not be forced to participate actively in abortions, but would be required to schedule and supervise other members of the staff who performed abortion services.


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