Saturday, October 09, 2010

Victory for conscientious objection to abortion in Europe

On Thursday 7 October an attack on the right of conscientious objection to abortion was defeated in the Council of Europe. Pro-abortion members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe had submitted a report recommending a crack-down on health workers who refused to be complicit in the provision of abortion.

However, the report was successfully resisted by pro-life members of the assembly and amended so that it became a defence of conscientious objection, affirming the right of doctors to refuse to carry out abortions. Irish Senator Ronan Mullin pointed out that:
the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child recognises the rights of unborn children; and there is no human right to abortion, whereas conscientious objection is a basic principle of human rights.

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