Protection of Conscience Project
Protection of Conscience Project
Service, not Servitude

Service, not Servitude



Chinese health care workers and the 'one-child' policy
(China: 1983-1999)
Senate Hearing | Since at least1991, Australia has been faced with Chinese women who apply for refugee status because of China's 'one-child policy.'  Australian authorities were unsympathetic to these claims, and one Chinese woman, 8 1/2 months pregnant when deported from Australia, was forced to have an abortion upon her return to China.  Senate committee hearings were conducted into the matter. A Chinese physician testified about the operation of the 'one-child policy' and the coercion of health care workers. . . continue reading


Med School 101: You Must Perform or Refer for Abortion
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada: 1979)
Paul Ranalli, M.D. | . . .His face was flaming red, the veins in his neck bulged out from the starched collar of his shirt. He tore into me for my insolence and presumption for writing such a thing on the exam paper. Who did I think I was, he told me? Didn't I realize that women needed abortion, and it was the duty of every doctor to provide service to his patients? . . . "I could fail you for this!" . . . continue reading
Nurse Denied Employment, Forced to Resign
(British Columbia, Canada: 1977-1984)
Sean Murphy | Bradley, an operating room nurse with 15 years experience, was told that she could keep her position only if she assisted in abortions. As a result, she went to Children's Hospital, and eventually left the nursing profession. She has not worked in the health care field since 1984. . . continue reading


Question of Conscience
(United Kingdom: 1973)
R. L. Walley, FRCSC, FRCOG, MPH | It was quite a surprise, back in 1973, to be informed by an eminent professor of obstetrics and gynaecology . . as a Roman Catholic specialist, that "there is no place for to practice within the National Health Service . . ." [I]n order to stay in the specialities in the United kingdom, I would have had to compromise a conscientiously held abhorrence to the direct taking of human life. I refused and as a consequence became unemployed with a wife and three children and had to leave country, home and family in order to practise my chosen specialty in full freedom. . .continue reading