Secret Memos Reveal Worldwide Pro-Abortion Legal Strategy
- CFAM | The Friday Fax has acquired a number of
internal memos produced by the Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) that
map out CRR's multi-year strategy for establishing binding and
enforceable international reproductive rights laws . . . CRR claims to
have found, or "grounded," a right to abortion in the right to life, the
right to health, even the right to enjoy scientific progress. CRR favors
this approach because "there is a stealth quality to the work: we are
achieving incremental recognition of values without a huge amount of
scrutiny from the opposition."
Outline of government proposals and rationale
Quebec, the issue of religious
accommodation is still not resolved. In her inaugural
speech, Prime Minister Pauline
Marois recalled that the issues
raised by the "crisis" of reasonable accommodations
were outstanding. The government has a firm
commitment to clarify them. The proposals we submit meet this commitment.
Government policy document (September, 2013)
Preliminaries to the Charter: Implications of state sovereignty over education, religion and
Canadian law reformers promise tolerance, freedom of
- Sean Murphy | With the passage of the Quebec euthanasia law and the pending case of
Carter v. Canada in the Supreme Court of Canada, physicians, medical
students, nurses and other health care workers opposed to euthanasia and
assisted suicide for reasons of conscience are confronted by the prospect
that laws against the procedures will be struck down or changed. They
may wonder what the future holds for them if that happens.
College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Consultation on Physicians and the Human Rights Code (Ending 5 August, 2014)
- Sean Murphy | An unknown number of respondents contributed through more than one of the consultation feedback portals (On-line Poll, On-line Survey, Discussion Forum, email, regular mail). It is not possible to derive from the totality of consultation feedback a single, accurate global number of responses with respect to questions of particular interest. . . On-line Survey responses do not support a policy of mandatory referral.
Rather, they indicate that mandatory referral is a highly controversial
The SNC-Lavalin affair raises the issue of politicians’ conflict between their conscience and party politics.
There are good reasons to favour conscience.
- Brian Bird | . . . Freedom of conscience promotes moral growth, for individuals and societies alike. Conscience, though inherently individual, is vital to the common good. In order to realize societies that are just and equitable, it is safe to say that freedom of conscience — especially for the people who govern and shape them — is nothing short of indispensable. . .
Swedish Parliament declares itself against freedom of conscience
Swedish Parliamentary Debate:
Freedom of conscience in health care.
Re: Resolution 1763(2010) of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of
- 11 May, 2011 | The Swedish Parliament debated
a report referring to a resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the
Council of Europe, which affirmed support for freedom of conscience for
health care workers. The prospect that medical professionals and health
care workers might exercise freedom of conscience horrified the Left
Party and alarmed other Swedish political parties. In the debate,
Sweden formally set itself against freedom of conscience for health care
workers, albeit in language less extreme than that advocated by the Left
Motion 2010/11:U298 - The Millenium Development Goals
- Sweden's Left Party was horrified when the Parliamentary Assembly of
the Council of Europe affirmed its support for freedom of conscience for
health care workers in October, 2010. In response, the Party
proposed the following motion to the Swedish parliament. Among other
things, it asserted that Sweden should "actively work to repeal the
Foreign Affairs Committee Report 2010/11:UU12
- This report from the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Swedish
Parliament was debated on 11 May, 2011. The part of the report relevant
to a European Union resolution supporting freedom of conscience for
health care workers is reproduced here. The Foreign Affairs
Committee recommended that Parliament formally advise the Government
that it is critical of the resolution and wanted it changed.
Presentation to Parliament 2010/11:ER1 -From Sweden's delegation at the
Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
- The following extract from a lengthy report to the Swedish
parliament refers to a resolution of the European Parliament affirming
support for freedom of conscience of health care workers.
Government Communication 2010/11: 54 - Presentation of the activities of the
Committee of Ministers, etc. in 2009 and first half of 2010
- As indicated by the following table of contents, this report to the
Swedish parliament covers the activities of the Committee of Ministers
at the European Union during 2009 and the first half of 2010.
PACE Resolution 1763 supporting freedom of conscience for health
care workers is not mentioned because it was not adopted until the fall
of 2010, subsequent to the period covered by this report.
White House Press Secretary downplays revolt against HHS
The Obama adminstration
announced on 20 January, 2012, that it would proceed with plans
to force employers to pay for insurance coverage for
"contraceptive services" (which include surgical
sterilization and potentially embryocidal and
abortifacient drugs and devices). Various
religious groups protested strenuously. By the end of
the month, over half the Catholic bishops in the country
had denounced the plan; many said
they would refuse to comply with the law. A
reporter at the White House press briefing called
this "a pretty extraordinary situation."
What follows is an annotated extract of the
questions and answers on this topic during the news
Abortion Ideology Trumps Aid for
Victims of Human Trafficking
- Jonathon Imbody* | . . . The decision to insist on submission to its abortion
ideology as a condition for federal grants illustrates the depth of the
administration's radical abortion policy and its increasingly obvious
disdain for conscience rights and religious freedom. . .
In good conscience: rebuttal revisits arguments
- Prof. David Crockett*
|. . . If my column "shattered" the "sense of safety" of certain
individuals on campus, I would gently suggest they reexamine the place
of political discourse at a university.. . .
Threats to freedom of conscience could have far-reaching consequences
- Prof. David Crockett*
|. . . alas, the assault on conscience has begun, led by various forces
in government, academia and pressure groups. The most common threats
come in the areas of health care, religious integrity and
nondiscrimination policies. . .
Objectors shouldn't work in emergency rooms:
Massachusetts Attorney General
rejects accommodation of religious freedom
- Radio interview | . . . "I would not. . . pass a bill
. . . to
say that if people believe that they don't want to provide services that are
required under the law and under Roe vs. Wade that they can
individually decide to not follow the law. . ."
The Right of Conscience in the Age of Obama
- Daniel Allott*
Matt Bowman* | . . .The anti-conscience movement has increasingly targeted pharmacists.
According to Denise Burke of American United for Life, "The abortion
lobby...recognize[s] that if [it] can establish legal precedent to coerce
someone to violate their conscience regarding contraceptives, [it] can then
easily extend that legal precedent to [RU-486], to coerce medical students
to participate in abortion training, and to coerce doctors to participate in
. . .
A Matter of Conscience: Obama weakens protections for medical professionals
opposed to abortion.
- Marilyn Musgrave*
| . . .Many doctors, nurses, and other healthcare workers will confront the
dilemma of choosing between their conscience and their call to serve fellow
citizens in our nation's hospitals and clinics. They will be forced to
either violate their conscience and keep their jobs, or respect their
beliefs and pay the price by leaving their careers. . .
Response to threats against freedom of conscience posed by policies
of Obama administration
As a result of threats to freedom of conscience
in health care posed by the policies of the Obama administrations, in
September, 2009, a letter was sent to President Obama on behalf of over
50 conscience-supportive organizations represented by the Freedom2Care
It noted that over 10,000 healthcare professionals and other individuals
had signed a petition that included a statement of support for freedom
of conscience for health care workers.