Posted: Wed, 08 Oct 2014 13:10
Secularists have criticised new NHS England chaplaincy guidelines for failing to adequately recognise the needs of patients who do not identify with a religious faith.
Posted: Fri, 11 Jul 2014 07:40
The head of a Polish public hospital has been dismissed for refusing on religious grounds to carry out an abortion on a woman whose unborn baby suffered from serious malformations.
Posted: Wed, 12 Feb 2014 16:48
MPs are calling on Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, to regulate Crisis Pregnancy Centres following evidence that at least 38 nationwide abortion advice centres have misled vulnerable women.
Posted: Wed, 18 Dec 2013 13:02
According to a report in the Times of Israel, the Council of Europe is to revisit last October's resolution which stated that the ritual circumcision of young boys violates their basic human rights.
Posted: Mon, 21 Oct 2013 16:21
It was revealed this week that a Scottish NHS trust is paying the Catholic Church £30,000 a year to provide "out-of-hours spiritual care", largely to ensure that dying patients receive the last rites.
Woman claims Catholic pharmacist made her “feel like a murderer” when she asked for morning after pill
Posted: Thu, 18 Jul 2013 11:19
The General Pharmaceutical Council is conducting a misconduct hearing against a Polish Catholic pharmacist, who allegedly told a woman that she was "plotting murder" after she asked for the morning after pill.
Posted: Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:47
The Secular Medical Forum (SMF) has raised several concerns following the publication of updated GMC guidelines for medical practitioners – which include updated guidelines on Personal Beliefs and Medical Practice.
Posted: Mon, 11 Mar 2013 13:08
The Secular Medical Forum has condemned Ed Miliband's recent support for the ritual genital cutting of children and called on the labour leader to rethink his stance on the issue.
Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013 06:36
"Conscience clauses" that permit religious pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency contraception or the "morning after" pill are unsatisfactory and should be dropped, say experts.
Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:53
NHS Sheffield's Clinical Commissioning Group has proposed to make families who want their sons to undergo non-medical male circumcision pay for the procedure. Each operation costs about £1,000.
Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013 11:06
Two Scottish Catholic midwives who didn't want to supervise staff who carried out abortion procedures have appealed to the Court of Sessions after their arguments were rejected in a judicial review last year.
Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013 12:36
In 2012, 19 states in the USA enacted 43 provisions that "sought to restrict access to abortion services," according to the Guttmacher Institute.
Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 12:34
The Philippine parliament approved legislation on Monday that permits government funding for contraception and for sex education classes in schools.
Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2012 10:59
The Presidents of the European Council and European Commission today heard a plea for greater protection for pregnant women's right to life following the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland.
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 16:54
Members of the European Parliament have this week examined Tonio Borg's bid to join the European Commission. Alarm has been raised about Mr Borg's performance in his home country of Malta, where he has opposed women's rights, gay rights and issues such as contraception and abortion.
Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012 12:49
The Secular Medical Forum has condemned the state of abortion laws in Ireland after a 31-year old woman died of septicaemia following a protracted miscarriage in Galway, Ireland.
Posted: Tue, 02 Oct 2012 14:15
Leaders of some West African churches in the UK are pressuring patients infected with HIV to stop taking medication and instead trust in prayer and faith healing.
Posted: Wed, 25 Jul 2012 11:37
Two Swiss hospitals have suspended the performance of infant circumcision, after the ruling of a German court in Cologne which said that religious circumcision was likely to be illegal because it infringed the rights of the child.
Posted: Fri, 20 Jul 2012 09:18
The court decision in Germany that held that circumcision, carried out for religious — as opposed to medical — reasons, is potentially harmful has been fiercely opposed by religious interests, putting pressure on Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Posted: Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:44
New research in the USA shows that Jehovah's Witnesses who refuse blood transfusions recover from heart surgery faster and with fewer complications than those who have transfusions.