- Jul 26, 2007
The original report said that conscientious objection should be limited to doctors and nurses but not to medical institutions like hospitals; that doctors and nurses with an objection to a procedure such as abortion must refer the patient to someone who does not have such an objection, and that in emergencies they must carry out the procedures themselves.
The report, previously entitled Women's access to lawful medical care: the problem of unregulated use of conscientious objection, had also suggested that States should compel health-care providers to perform euthanasia on patients under certain circumstances and that a registry of conscientious objectors be created.
Council of Europe vote on religious freedom "momentous": SenatorTwenty-nine amendments were tabled to the report however, transforming the report into a resolution affirming the right to conscientiously object to abortion.
The final resolution of the report read: no person and no hospital or institution shall be coerced, held liable or discriminated against in any manner because of a refusal to perform, accommodate, assist or submit to an abortion [...].
Ms McCafferty, the original author of the report, was forced to vote against the final resolution due to its radical transformation.
Once again the whims of Christians are given unfair privilege. Patient care should be paramount.