Skip to comments.Catholic Midwives Win Right to Object over Abortion Planning in Scotland
Posted on 04/28/2013 8:15:11 PM PDT by marshmallow
Scottish court of appeal permits conscientious objection 'to the whole process of treatment' in terminations
Two Roman Catholic midwives have won the right to refuse to help with any abortion procedures or planning after an appeal court ruling in Scotland.
Judges in Edinburgh ruled that Mary Doogan, 58, and Concepta Wood, 52, who worked as labour ward co-ordinators in Glasgow, had a legal right to consciously object to helping with abortions in any way.
The ruling, which could be appealed against by Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board, may have wide ramifications for the NHS and other health staff who oppose abortions on religious grounds.
The midwives, practising Catholics, had lost a previous case against the board after a judge ruled that working on ward planning or delegating staff did not involve actually carrying out abortions.
Giving judgment in a judicial review last year, Lady Smith said: "Nothing they have to do as part of their duties terminates a woman's pregnancy.
"They are sufficiently removed from direct involvement as, it seems to me, to afford appropriate respect for and accommodation of their beliefs."
But the appeal court in Edinburgh on Wednesday overturned that ruling and said the Abortion Act 1967 gave medical staff wide-ranging protection against taking part in abortions on religious and conscience grounds.
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SO you can’t force people to do abortions? or just these 2?
You know it’s funny, I went into a CVS pharmacy the other day and as I was shopping I happened to notice they had a section called “Family Planning”; a section i had never recalled seeing in the store before. Out of curiosity I went to the section to see what products were in it. All birth control to prevent contraception. I wondered why they didn’t just call it the “Non-Family Planning” section; that would have at least been truthful.
Reminded me of this:
New International Version (NIV)
The Israelites Oppressed
15 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, whose names were Shiphrah and Puah, 16 When you are helping the Hebrew women during childbirth on the delivery stool, if you see that the baby is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, let her live. 17 The midwives, however, feared God and did not do what the king of Egypt had told them to do; they let the boys live. 18 Then the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, Why have you done this? Why have you let the boys live?
19 The midwives answered Pharaoh, Hebrew women are not like Egyptian women; they are vigorous and give birth before the midwives arrive.
20 So God was kind to the midwives and the people increased and became even more numerous. 21 And because the midwives feared God, he gave them families of their own.