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

What abortion really is: the taking of an innocent, unrepeatable life

If 2,400 people are dying each day from a preventable cause, would not that constitute… Read More

12 mins ago

The perfect storm brings together a Trifecta of lies, omissions, and distortions to take down the pro-life Kansas amendment

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. This editorial appeared on Page Two of the August issue… Read More

26 mins ago

What could make a mother more supportive of “later abortions”?

Counterintuitively, that her own preemie survives (and thrives)! By Dave Andrusko Coming from a perspective… Read More

1 hour ago

Eastern Tenn. center celebrates 20 years, expands services 

By Gayle Irwin  Sister Asunta Thairu and clients at the Knoxville Pregnancy Help Center The… Read More

1 hour ago

Why the Press Gets So Much Wrong—Including Abortion—and Why it Just Doesn’t Care

By Maria V. Gallagher, Legislative Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation In his new book, Suppression, Deception,… Read More

2 hours ago

Planned Parenthood Action breaks spending records after reversal of Roe v. Wade

By Cassy Fiano-Chesser A non-profit organization dedicated to tracking information on political campaign finances and… Read More

2 hours ago