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Britain: doctors who oppose contraception barred from specializing in reproductive health

April 29, 2014

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare has ruled that doctors and nurses who object to contraception or the morning-after pill are ineligible for “diplomas in sexual and reproductive health as well as full membership of the faculty,” according to the Daily Telegraph.

“While the diplomas are viewed as an important qualification for GPs or nurses treating sexually transmitted infections or involved in family planning, full membership is seen as essential for doctors who specialize in the field,” the Telegraph reported.

“It bars pro-life doctors from specializing in sexual and reproductive health and also makes it much more difficult for non-specialists to get jobs in family planning or reproductive health,” said Peter Saunders, chief executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship.


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  • Posted by: lfjardine9175 - Apr. 30, 2014 9:55 AM ET USA

    It does recall that we have, in some countries, effectively withdrawn from a Catholic presence in health care delivery and especially health care education. Canada has no effective Catholic hospital that has Obstetric and Pediatric care. There are no Centres for Catholic education for physicians or nurses. The result is this edict of secular authority that defines "appropriate care" without input or opposition from any Catholic body with clout. Coming soon to a country near you!

  • Posted by: filioque - Apr. 29, 2014 10:30 PM ET USA

    And another thing: this is the sort of outrage that Catholic bishops and the Vatican out to be raising hell about, not issuing yet another statement about "ecumenical dialogue." The laity ought to be out front on it, but we keep being undercut by our "leadership."

  • Posted by: filioque - Apr. 29, 2014 10:28 PM ET USA

    Here it comes. I thought it was wrong to impose one's morality on others. It turns out that someone's morality is going to be imposed and guess whose it is.

  • Posted by: shrink - Apr. 29, 2014 9:56 PM ET USA

    Similar moves are afoot in the US on the question of homosexual treatment. It is quite telling that the percentage of pro life doctors in England is vanishingly small, and yet they must pose a dire threat to the Royal College and its patients.

  • Posted by: - Apr. 29, 2014 6:38 PM ET USA

    So the thought police show up in 2014 and not 1984. So Orwell was 30 years early. As predictions go, not bad at all.

  • Posted by: leeanne50 - Apr. 29, 2014 9:47 AM ET USA

    What's next? Refusing to treat patients who are pro-life?