Saturday, December 24, 2005
A European Union (EU) advisory panel has issued a policy statement arguing that physicians should not be allowed to avoid performing abortions, the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute (C-Fam) reports. The EU Network of Independent Experts on Fundamental Rights released a 40-page opinion on the implications of a proposed treaty between Slovakia and the Holy See. Part of that treaty would ensure that Catholic hospitals and Catholic medical personnel in Slovakia would not be required to perform abortions, fertilizations, embryo experiments, sterilizations, and other procedures that would be incompatible with Catholic principles. The Network concluded that while such "conscience clauses" are not absolute, and must be balanced by the rights of people seeking treatment. The Network stated that the rights of medical personnel to follow their own consciences "should be regulated in order to ensure that, in circumstances where abortion is legal, no woman shall be deprived from having effective access to the medical service of abortion." Source: cwnews.com. For more information, please click here (last visited December 24, 2005, reo).