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Scottish court rules midwives are not required to cooperate in abortions

Catholic World News - 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.

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  • Posted by: geoffreysmith1 - 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.

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