CoE: Women’s access to lawful medical care: the problem of unregulated use of conscientious objection

Posted: november 28, 2010 in Analýzy, Zákony
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Report Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee, Rapporteur: Ms Christine McCAFFERTY, United Kingdom, Socialist Group

Summary

The practice of conscientious objection arises in the field of health care when healthcare providers refuse to provide certain health services based on religious, moral or philosophical objections. While recognising the right of an individual to conscientiously object to performing a certain medical procedure, the Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee is deeply concerned about the increasing and largely unregulated occurrence of this practice, especially in the field of reproductive health care, in many Council of Europe member states.
There is a need to balance the right of conscientious objection of an individual not to perform a certain medical procedure with the responsibility of the profession and the right of each patient to access lawful medical care in a timely manner.


The Parliamentary Assembly should thus invite member states to develop comprehensive and clear regulations that define and regulate conscientious objection with regard to health and medical services, including reproductive health services, as well as to provide oversight and monitoring, including an effective complaint mechanism, of the practice of conscientious objection.
The Assembly should also recommend that the Committee of Ministers instruct the competent Steering Committees and/or other competent Council of Europe bodies to assist member states in the development of such regulations and the setting up of such oversight and monitoring mechanisms.

Full report avaiable here

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