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(October 23 – 24, 2010/Seville, Spain) Purpose of Meeting Regarding Conscientious Refusal of Care (CRC)

Over the last ten years, some countries have broadened the circumstances under which abortion is legal and others have introduced measures to increase women’s access to existing services.1 In spite of this progress, in both contexts where abortion is available upon request and where it is legally restricted, medical professionals’ refusal to provide legal services because of conscientious objection threatens women’s access to legal and safe abortion as well as to other components of reproductive health care.


(25 Jan 2011) All three gynaecological clinics of the Teaching Hospital in Bratislava will stop providing abortions as of February 1, 2011, even for abortions before the 12th week of pregnancy which are permitted by law in Slovakia, the Pravda daily reported on January 25.

Report Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee, Rapporteur: Ms Christine McCAFFERTY, United Kingdom, Socialist Group


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.


A religious discrimination complaint filed by a nurse against a hospital, based on her allegations that she was forced to assist in an abortion proceeding, was dismissed because her complaint asserted claims under the “Church Amendment,” 42 U.S.C. § 300a-7(c), which does not permit a private right of action. The Church Amendment, among other things, prohibits certain federally funded entities from discriminating in the employment, promotion, or termination of any physician or other health care personnel because she or he refused to perform or assist with an abortion on the basis of religious beliefs or moral convictions.

(viac…) The religious rights of a small group of medical professionals do not trump those held by the remainder of the citizenry. more…


Coinciding with the resolution passed last week at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Catholics for Choice have released an advocacy guide entitled ‘In Good Conscience: Conscious Clauses and Reproductive Rights in Europe – who decides?’.