Abortion legislation: Nurses petition Harris on opt out
Several hundred nurses and midwives appeal to Minister on conscientious objection
Tue, Nov 27, 2018
More than 350 nurses and midwives have urged Minister for Health Simon Harris to open talks on provisions for conscientious objection in the forthcoming abortion legislation.
Mary Fitzgibbon, a nurse and midwife, said the group – who have signed a petition – want the right to object to providing services due to conscience. But they also believe they should not have to refer a woman on to another healthcare professional.
Queensland doctors accused of 'deep disrespect' for women seeking abortion
Ahead of legalisation debate, pro-choice GP says regional doctors ‘dictate to women’
Sun 7 Oct 2018
Doctors in regional Queensland routinely treat women seeking an abortion with “deep disrespect” and dictate scripture instead of dispensing medical advice, pro-choice GPs in the state say.
“Abortion is a mortal sin and you’ll go to hell,” one doctor reportedly told a woman in Cairns, who had asked about terminating her unwanted pregnancy.
Bishops want abortion opt-out for medical professionals
Updated / Friday, 5 Oct 2018
By Joe Little, Religious & Social Affairs Correspondent
The country’s Catholic bishops have described the Government’s abortion legislation as an affront to conscience.
The Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference has called for healthcare professionals and pharmacists who oppose it to be allowed opt out on the grounds of their fundamental right of conscientious objection.
Doctors call for legislation to protect conscientious objectors in abortion services
Nurses and midwives hope ‘current protections will apply in the future’
Fri, Oct 5, 2018
The Department of Health is to meet medical colleges including the Irish College of General Practitioners, the Royal College of Physicians, and the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to discuss clinical protocols to deliver an abortion service, a spokeswoman for the Irish Medical Organisation has said. It is the largest medical representative body and trade union in Ireland.
It was “important that medical professionals can, on a conscientious basis, choose not to deliver this service,” she said.