Posted by Christopher Johnson | Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 | Uncategorized | 15 Comments

From Scotland:

Two Catholic midwives from Scotland have lost their legal battle to avoid taking part in abortion procedures on grounds of “conscientious objection.”

“I view this judgment with deep concern,” said Archbishop Mario Conti of Glasgow. “I wish to put on record my admiration for the courage of the midwives who have, at very great cost to themselves, fought to uphold the right to follow one’s conscience.”

Mary Doogan and Connie Wood were previously told by the state-run National Health Service in Glasgow that they had to supervise and support fellow midwives who perform abortions. As senior staff, they were also expected to be on standby to help in abortion procedures in certain medical situations.
On Feb. 29 Scotland’s highest civil court ruled that the women’s religious liberties were not being infringed because “the nature of their duties does not in fact require them to provide treatment to terminate pregnancies directly.”

The midwives had maintained that their right to opt-out of providing abortions for reasons of conscience was upheld by Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Section 4(1) of the U.K.’s 1967 Abortion Act.
The two midwives previously told the Court of Session that “they hold a religious belief that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception and that termination of pregnancy is a grave offense against human life.”
But the National Health Service in Glasgow rejected their appeals, claiming that their rights are being respected because the midwives are not compelled to administer abortion-inducing drugs. The Court of Session today agreed with that argument.

The court ruled today that the 1967 Abortion Act allowed only qualified conscientious objection, and that the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights in relation to freedom of conscience and religion were not absolute.

15 Comments to IF OBAMA WINS

February 29, 2012

Conscience? You will be instructed in what is and what is not allowed to be against your conscience. Everything within the State, nothing outside the State, nothing against the State!

Smurf Breath
February 29, 2012

“You don’t have to pull the trigger. You just have to dispose of the bodies. Stop complaining.”

I suppose all health facilities in Scotland are under national control?

Dale Matson
February 29, 2012

Well, what does this say about U.S. National healthcare if it isn’t repealed?

Grandpa Dino
February 29, 2012

Dale: My thoughts exactly!

February 29, 2012

Shame on Scotland.

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Sybil Marshall
February 29, 2012

It has become Scotland The Depraved. So sad.

February 29, 2012

I’m struggling to see why midwives are allowed to perform abortions at all — if an abortion can lead to conditions which require honest-to-goodness medical attention, why would a midmife be allowed to do one in the first place?

Deacon Michael D. Harmon
February 29, 2012

Because abortion is a right that should be as widely available as possible, the liberals believe. If midwives were banned from doing them, then someone somewhere might actually have to have a baby she would have preferred to abort. And that is such a denial of our basic humanity as never to be permitted. What? You disagree? What makes you think you have a right to do that?

March 1, 2012

You are entitled to a “conscienctious objection” exception, but we reserve for us the right to determine what is a an acceptable “conscientious objection”.

Besides has not this court now set the precedent that in the course of bank robbery, the getaway car driver is not gulity because he is not involved in the actual robbery.

Allen Lewis
March 1, 2012

Nice try, LaVallette, but when it comes to money, nogody gets a Get Out of Jail card.

Moloch is already licking his chops!

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March 1, 2012

Exodus 1:15-17, 20-21.

And the king of Egypt spoke to the midwives of the Hebrews, of whom one was called Shiphrah, the other Puah, commanding them, “When you shall do the office of midwives to the Hebrew women, and the time of delivery is come: if it be a man child, kill it: if a woman, keep it alive.”

But the midwives feared God, and did not do as the king of Egypt had commanded.

…Therefore God dealt well with the midwives… and because the midwives feared God, he built them houses.*

* God made their family (their house) endure.

March 1, 2012

Women have the absolute right to choose
The midwives are women
Their right to choose is denied

I’m confused.

March 20, 2012

Amen, Jenni, I can’t stop talking about the wfunerodl midwives who attended your birth they are wfunerodlly calm cool, confident, intelligent, intuitive, and gentle. Tough and amazingly thorough they will always be in my saints book forever. They gave you back to me when I thought I’d lost you, and of course look what you gave, to birth your own baby, wow, what power, I am so humbled and overwhelmed.

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