Doctors who won’t carry out abortions ‘are not promoted’

Jul 21, 2016 by

by Simon Caldwell, Mailonline:

Doctors who refuse to take part in abortions are suffering increasingly from harassment and discrimination at work, the British Medical Association has told MPs.

Healthcare professionals are complaining to the union that they faced a glass ceiling and were denied promotion if they objected to abortions, a report reveals today.

The parliamentary inquiry also found that staff were under ‘widespread and increasing pressure’ to participate in abortions.

The BMA highlighted the problem in written evidence submitted to MPs into the working of the conscience clause of the 1967 Abortion Act.

The clause states that ‘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 a conscientious objection’.

But the inquiry, by the All-Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group, warned that this conscience clause was not being upheld.

Their report concluded: ‘There is widespread and increasing pressure on healthcare professionals to participate in abortions.

‘The APPG holds that this is, in large part, due to inadequate observance of the current legislation, even in some instances involving a disregard of the Conscience Clause.’

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