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Christian psychiatrist given official warning after forcing her religious beliefs onto vulnerable patients

Christian psychiatrist given official warning after forcing her religious beliefs onto vulnerable patients

Posted: Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:10

A psychiatrist has admitted distributing "unsolicited religious material" to her patients, including leaflets and links to religious websites. Dr Antonia Johnson received a formal warning, which will stay on her record for five years.

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

Call to secularise NHS chaplaincy services

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.

Head of Polish hospital dismissed after refusing abortion on religious grounds

Head of Polish hospital dismissed after refusing abortion on religious grounds

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.

MPs urge action on Crisis Pregnancy Centres

MPs urge action on Crisis Pregnancy Centres

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.

Council of Europe under pressure to reconsider its resolution condemning male circumcision

Council of Europe under pressure to reconsider its resolution condemning male circumcision

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.

Scottish NHS Trust pays £30,000 to Catholic Church for last rites service

Scottish NHS Trust pays £30,000 to Catholic Church for last rites service

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

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.

New guidance for doctors on personal beliefs in their professional life

New guidance for doctors on personal beliefs in their professional life

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.

Secular Medical Forum challenges Ed Miliband’s support for religious circumcision

Secular Medical Forum challenges Ed Miliband’s support for religious circumcision

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.

Experts say “drop the religious opt-out” for pharmacists

Experts say “drop the religious opt-out” for pharmacists

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.

Sheffield hospitals plan to charge for non-medical circumcision

Sheffield hospitals plan to charge for non-medical circumcision

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.

Catholic midwives try to extend the “conscience” exemption in Abortion Act

Catholic midwives try to extend the “conscience” exemption in Abortion Act

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.

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

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.

Catholic Church fails to stop Philippines contraception bill

Catholic Church fails to stop Philippines contraception bill

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.

NSS call on EU Presidents to protect women's right to life

NSS call on EU Presidents to protect women's right to life

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.

Maltese Catholic extremist examined for post of European Commissioner

Maltese Catholic extremist examined for post of European Commissioner

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.

Secular Medical Forum condemns Irish abortion law cruelty

Secular Medical Forum condemns Irish abortion law cruelty

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.

Pastors telling HIV-infected patients to stop medication and trust in prayer

Pastors telling HIV-infected patients to stop medication and trust in prayer

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.

Swiss and Austrian hospitals suspend religious circumcision procedures

Swiss and Austrian hospitals suspend religious circumcision procedures

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.

International controversy rages over German ban on circumcision

International controversy rages over German ban on circumcision

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.

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