In a strange coincidence, the German weekly ‘Der Spiegel’ is running, and other German papers are supporting, a nasty campaign against a brave obstetrician of Dannenberg who refuses performing abortions in the clinic of which he heads the gynaecology department, bewailing the fact that women in that remote region of Germany have to travel up to 20 km from home to get their babies killed, while at the same time POLITICO has a piece on its title page in which it bemoans that in Italy the number of conscientious objectors, i.e. doctors and medical staff who refuse performing abortions seems to be rapidly increasing, reaching more than 90% in regions like South Tyrol and Molise.
It is certainly strange for self-perceived “liberal” media to bewail the fact that in our society people still have the right, and some even the courage, to act according to their consciences. Continue reading
no federal funding of abortions.
.- The U.S. House of Representatives passed its first major pro-life bill of the new year on Tuesday, one which would solidify in law the current policy of
The bill would “protect Americans’ conscience rights by ensuring that their hard-earned tax dollars are not used to fund the destruction of innocent life,” Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) said on the House Floor before the vote.
While in other European countries politicians, and in particular members of the government, are careful not to meddle with the separation of powers, this is apparently not so in Sweden.
In a newspaper op-ed for Aftonbladed, two members of the current Socialist-led government, Minister for Health Gabriel Wikström and Minister for Equality Åsa Regnér, are commenting on last week’s decision by a law court in Jönköping that rejects the claim for equal employment opportunities brought by Ellinor Grimmark, a young midwife who despite her qualifications was denied employment because of her conscientious objection against performing abortion. Continue reading
In all other countries the job of a midwife is to help children being born. In Sweden, by contrast, the job description includes abortion.
The Jönköping District Court ruled Thursday against midwife Ellinor Grimmark who was unjustly denied employment by three different hospitals because of her conscientious objection to abortion. Continue reading
The Polish Constitutional Court (Trybunał Konstytucyjny) has issued an important decision concerning the right to conscientious objection in healthcare.
According to that decision the right to conscientious objection of physicians and healthcare workers can be limited only insofar as there is an urgent need to prevent death or serious threats to health. By contrast, it was unconstitutional to require them to act against their conscience „in other urgent cases”.
The Tribunal also ruled that it was unconstitutional to require a doctor invoking conscientious objection to refer a patient to another physician willing to provide the medical procedure against which conscientious objection is invoked.
As a result, several provisions of the Law on the Medical Profession (ustawa o zawodach lekarza) have been declared unconstitutional.
This is an important victory e.g. for doctors who refuse performing abortions. The ruling is significant especially because Poland has come under pressure from the European Human Rights Court (ECtHR) to limit the right to freedom of conscience in order to ensure the easy availability of abortion.
Kim Davis, the clerk who bravely refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, has been released from jail, according to news reports.
Davis had been jailed on “contempt of court” by U.S. District Judge David Bunning on Thursday. But today, Bunning ordered that Davis – who is by now known world-wide as a symbol of judicial tyranny, be released under the condition that she not “interfere in any way” with the issuance of same-sex “marriage” licenses. This is a feeble attempt of the defeated judge to save his face: “not interfere” does not mean that Kim is obliged to herself issue such sodomy licenses. Continue reading