Abortion Act 1967
Conscientious objection to participation in treatment
4. (1) Subject to subsection (2) of this section, no person shall be
under any duty, whether by contract or by any statutory or other legal
requirement, to participate in any treatment authorised by this Act to which
he has conscientious objection: Provided that in any legal proceedings the
burden of proof of conscientious objection shall rest on the person claiming
to rely on it.
(2) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall affect any duty to
participate in treatment which is necessary to save the life or to prevent
grave permanent injury to the physical or mental health of a pregnant woman.
(3) In any proceedings before a court in Scotland, a statement on oath by
any person to the effect that he has a conscientious objection to
participating in any treatment authorised by this Act shall be sufficient
evidence for the purpose of discharging the burden of proof imposed upon him
by subsection (1) of this section.