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Re:  PACE Report:
"The Problem of Unregulated Use of Conscientious Objection"

PACE Resolution on Restricting Conscientious Objection Endangers Freedom of Conscience of Medical Practitioners

  • European Centre for Law and Justice* | . . .The ECLJ must warn the members of PACE that several recommendations of the resolution are direct and serious violations of the freedom of conscience of medical practitioners, as guaranteed by European and International law. . .
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Protection of Conscience Project Submission to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

  • . . .Considering the Report from this broader perspective, as we do here, it becomes apparent that its recommendations are offensive to human freedom and dignity and repugnant to fundamental principles of liberal democracy. . .[
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Europe's Choice on Conscience Protection

  • Matthew Schmitz* | This Thursday the Council of Europe . . .will vote on a resolution and series of recommendations on conscience protection. . . .It would create guidelines that encourage member states to force doctors to perform abortions in some circumstances and to make referrals for them in every circumstance. . . .it is an all-out assault on conscience and community. . .
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Medicine, Strasbourg, and conscientious objection
European Court of Human Rights decision

  • Julian Sheather* | . . .Conscientious objection is a live issue in medicine. . . Given the prevailing political pluralism-given the co-existence in our culture of different value systems-to what extent should medicine accommodate such objections? Should those whose consciences differ be treated differently? What forms of conscientious objection should be tolerated and on the basis of what criteria?
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UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief
Favours of a Right to Conscientious Objection in the Context of Abortion and Euthanasia

  • European Centre for Law and Justice | On the occasion of a conference organized by the ECLJ at UN headquarters in Geneva, Professor Heiner Bielefeldt, the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief, spoke in favor of the right of medical staff to refuse to participate in performing an abortion or euthanasia. He mentioned the case of a midwife who was harshly sentenced in Sweden for having refused to participate in an abortion and was forced into "professional exile." . . .
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