Tags: Healthcare

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

Posted: Fri, 01 Feb 2013

"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. Read More »

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

Posted: Thu, 10 Jan 2013

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. Read More »

USA enacting more and more legal restrictions on abortion

Posted: Wed, 09 Jan 2013

In 2012, 19 states in the USA enacted 43 provisions that "sought to restrict access to abortion services," according to the Guttmacher Institute. Read More »

Catholic Church fails to stop Philippines contraception bill

Posted: Tue, 18 Dec 2012

The Philippine parliament approved legislation on Monday that permits government funding for contraception and for sex education classes in schools. Read More »

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

Posted: Tue, 27 Nov 2012

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. Read More »

Another Irish abortion scandal emerges

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012

The Irish Government has paid substantial compensation to a woman who was forced to travel abroad for an abortion, despite being terminally ill with cancer. Read More »

Maltese Catholic extremist examined for post of European Commissioner

Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012

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. Read More »

Secular Medical Forum condemns Irish abortion law cruelty

Posted: Wed, 14 Nov 2012

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. Read More »

Callous treatment of raped girl in Poland leads to condemnation in Human Rights Court

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012

Poland's harsh anti-abortion laws were condemned this week by the European Court of Human Rights after an almost unbelievably callous series of events were inflicted on a teenage victim of rape. Read More »

Welsh Lib Dems call for hospital chaplains to be paid by charitable trust

Posted: Fri, 19 Oct 2012

Welsh Liberal Democrats have voted in favour of a motion calling for an end to public funding of the hospital chaplaincy service. Read More »

Refusal of blood transfusions by Jehovah’s Witnesses not always detrimental, research finds

Posted: Fri, 06 Jul 2012

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. Read More »

Gay 'cure’ therapist loses appeal against suspension

Posted: Wed, 23 May 2012

A Christian psychotherapist has lost her appeal against suspension from her professional body after being struck off after attempting to convert a homosexual man to heterosexuality. Read More »