Conscience Rights

Spanish government tries to restrict conscientious objection

By Michael Cook    

Right sentiment, wrong country: a demonstration in Buenos Aires in 2020

The Spanish government is considering measures to restrict conscientious objection for doctors. An editorial in El Pais complains that “in recent years there have been growing signs of a counter-reformist reaction in social sectors that put their own intolerance ahead of other people’s legally protected freedoms, or even prioritize their nostalgia for the days when individual and intimate beliefs, such as religious faith, claimed to exercise an improbable superiority over the beliefs of others.”

The problem is that abortions have been legal in Spain since 1985 – but many doctors still refuse to do them. Most are done in abortion clinics and very few in public hospitals.

The equalities minister has proposed the creation of a mandatory register of healthcare professionals who are conscientious objectors. This already exists for euthanasia.

The General Council of Official Medical Colleges (CGCOM) has declared that “Forcing the conscience of physicians in order to expand the number of physicians available in all communities is, in addition to being unconstitutional, a bad solution, which from the perspective of the medical profession would be considered unacceptable, illegal, and unjust.”

However, the Equality Minister, Irene Montero, would like to see abortion decriminalised and says that “the right of physicians to conscientious objection cannot be above women’s right to decide.”

Michael Cook is Editor of BioEdge where  this first appeared. Reposted with permission.

Recent Posts

Supreme Court denies abortion providers’ request to re-route Texas Heartbeat Law to Judge Pitman who blocked state’s six-week ban

By Dave Andrusko In a one-sentence order (but including fiery dissents), the Supreme Court on… Read More

5 hours ago

Unborn Child with Down Syndrome and Education Act to be Main Concern for West Virginians for Life

By Mary Anne Buchanan, Communications Director, West Virginians for Life  WVFL President Wanda Franz, Ph.D.,… Read More

5 hours ago

Thousands expected to participate Saturday in MCCL March for Life at Minnesota State Capitol

By Paul Stark ST. PAUL — Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) will hold the… Read More

5 hours ago

Pro-abortionists ponder a “world without Roe”

By Dave Andrusko Could you have imagined even five years ago reading this headline: “Our… Read More

5 hours ago