Scottish court rules midwives are not required to cooperate in abortions
CWN - April 24, 2013
An appeals court in Edinburgh, Scotland, has ruled that two Catholic midwives have the right to refuse involvement in abortions.
Health-care officials in Glasgow had ruled last year that the two midwives, who work in a maternity ward, should be required to schedule and coordinate abortion coverage, since they would not be directly participating in the procedures. But on appeal, the Edinburgh court ruled that the “conscience clause” incorporated into the Abortion Act of 1967 protects health-care personnel against any compulsory involvement in the process.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our final 2013 goal ($23,023 to go, assuming receipt of matching funds):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: gfdsmith9280 -
Apr. 25, 2013 6:00 PM ET USA
"The most senior Catholic in Glasgow, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, who is also president of the Bishops' Conference of Scotland, said the appeal ruling was "a victory for freedom of conscience and for common sense"." Let's hope that President Obama shows the same common sense with his ugly HHS mandate, and scraps the same dictatorial attitude that tries to compel anyone to contribute to someone else's baby-killing frenzy.
Posted by: rpp -
Apr. 24, 2013 6:00 PM ET USA
Thanks be to God! At least someone is not trying to claim black is white in the UK.