A pro-life doctor eloquently outlines why the right of conscience is so important

By Dave Andrusko Dr. Regina Frost is an OB-GYN, a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, and a physician deeply unsettled by the state of Planned Parenthood’s and New York’s relentless assault of her right of conscience. Dr. Frost penned an eloquent post this week for The Federalist. The headline puts her plight—and …

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Are We Witnessing the Coming Extinction of Conscience Rights?

By Nancy Valko Editor’s note. This appeared on Nancy’s blog and is reposted with permission. Last month, Wesley Smith, the well-known writer and lawyer who opposes assisted suicide and abortion, wrote an article titled “Bioethicist Wants to Morally Cleanse Medical Schools” about plans to weed out pro-life potential doctors and nurses from even entering medical …

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Pro-life Swedish midwife to take her case to European Court of Human Rights after setback in labor court

By Dave Andrusko Over the years we have posted many stories about Swedish midwife Ellinor Grimmark and her courageous refusal to participate in abortions. She has lost on many legal and administrative forums but continues to fight on. I ran across a Swedish news outlet today that reported how a Wednesday ruling from a Swedish …

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Over 100 Northern Irish health care workers threaten to quit over new abortion regime

By Dorothy Cummings McLean BELFAST, Northern Ireland, December 17, 2019 ― Medical professionals, including GPs, have threatened to quit if the pro-abortion legislation forced on predominantly pro-life Northern Ireland does not make adequate provisions for conscience rights. Dr. Andrew Cupples is among the 135 medical staff, including doctors, nurses, midwives, and pharmacists, who signed a …

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Bioethicist Wants to Morally Cleanse Medical Schools

By Wesley J. Smith Entry into medical and associated professional schools may soon depend on possessing the proper moral views as well as good grades. Say you’re a brilliant student who dreams of becoming an oncologist and saving thousands of lives from cancer. In the not too distant future, if some bioethicists have their way, …

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Freedom of Conscience Bill under consideration by Alberta Legislature

By We Need a Law Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared today. “We Need a Law” describes itself in this manner: “We mobilize Canadians and persuade our political leaders to pass laws that protect children before birth.” The Alberta legislature is considering a private member’s bill that would protect freedom of …

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In defence of conscientious objection

By Xavier Symons A newly released edition of the journal Perspectives in Medicine and Biology focuses on the theme of conscience in healthcare, and seeks to provide a deeper analysis of how conscience relates to good medical practice. The themed issue of Perspectives comes in the wake of two other themed editions of major bioethics …

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Alberta debates conscience rights protection bill 207

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition On November 7, the Alberta Legislature had first reading on Conscience Rights (Health care Providers) Protection Act, Bill 207, a private members bill that is sponsored by Member of the Legislative Assembly Dan Williams. Bill 207 then passed its first vote along party lines with 36 United …

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The conscience rights of health practitioners must be protected

A New South Wales bill could deter some of the brightest and best from entering health services By Greg Walsh One of the main concerns about the Bill recently introduced to amend New South Wales [NSW] laws on abortion is how health practitioners with a conscientious objection to participating in abortion will be regulated. Under …

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No Pro-lifers Need Apply: Vice Says Pro-Life Nurses Not ‘Worthy of Serving Public’

By Alexa Moutevelis Coombs Recently, the University of Vermont Medical Center was accused of forcing a nurse to assist with an abortion against her will, a violation of federal conscience rights laws. According to Vice, the fact that a pro-life nurse objected to performing an abortion “shows we need to be more discerning about who …

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Doctors should be professionals, not order-takers

By Wesley J. Smith There was a day in the not-too-distant past when physicians were respected, even revered, as learned professionals. We understood that doctors followed a “higher calling.” Indeed, physicians were expected to adhere to a code of conduct—epitomized by the Hippocratic Oath’s venerable injunction, “do no harm.” Times have changed. The old hierarchies …

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