Removing rights of conscience?

Thinking about the issue of the lack of doctors who are willing or able to work for the abortion clinics, this is not the first time that this issue has been raised by BPAS. I blogged on it last year.

It really wouldn’t surprise me if this was the start of a prolonged attempt to remove the rights of conscience for those who do not wish to participate in the abortion process, such as the Scottish midwives who recently lost their case.

If that is the case then an interesting clash with the ECHR seems on the cards. Article 9 is clear, but open to interpretation. Could abortion fall into the category of being “in the interests of public safety, for the protection of public order, health or morals, or for the protection of the rights and freedoms of others.”

Interesting and potentially troubling times ahead.

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