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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.

Religious-right lobby succeeds in sabotaging progressive EP report on women’s reproductive rights

Religious-right lobby succeeds in sabotaging progressive EP report on women’s reproductive rights

Posted: Wed, 11 Dec 2013 11:51

After an extensive and well-organised lobbying effort from the religious right, the European Parliament has, on Human Rights day, rejected a progressive Report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR).

Your support needed for EP report on women’s sexual and reproductive rights

Your support needed for EP report on women’s sexual and reproductive rights

Posted: Thu, 17 Oct 2013 14:56

Next Tuesday (22 October), the European Parliament will vote on a report on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights that has been put forward by the Parliament's Women's Rights Committee.

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.

Catholic midwives face further legal challenge to “conscience” exemption

Catholic midwives face further legal challenge to “conscience” exemption

Posted: Mon, 17 Jun 2013 15:35

Two Catholic midwives who, in April, won a legal case at Scotland's supreme civil court for the right to conscientious exemption from all involvement in abortion procedures, now face a further legal challenge.

Abortion reforms in Spain: government accused of return to Franco era

Abortion reforms in Spain: government accused of return to Franco era

Posted: Fri, 10 May 2013 14:28

The Spanish Government is preparing a reform to the country's abortion law that, some have argued, will return Spain to a situation similar to the one that existed under General Franco's dictatorship.

Catholic midwives succeed in attempt to extend “conscience” exemption

Catholic midwives succeed in attempt to extend “conscience” exemption

Posted: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 15:19

Two Catholic midwives have won a legal battle for the right to conscientious exemption from all involvement with abortions. Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood argued that being required to supervise staff taking part in abortions violated their human rights.

New survey reveals that most religious people are not anti abortion (not even Catholics)

New survey reveals that most religious people are not anti abortion (not even Catholics)

Posted: Fri, 15 Feb 2013 07:07

A new YouGov survey commissioned for the Westminster Faith Debates finds only 14% of Catholics in this country are in favour of a ban on abortion. 43% of people who identify with a religion are in favour of keeping or raising the current 24 week limit

Pope gives personal backing to Europe wide anti-abortion push

Pope gives personal backing to Europe wide anti-abortion push

Posted: Wed, 06 Feb 2013 12:28

The Pope has given his personal support to a campaign being run by right-wing Catholics to have abortion "defunded" throughout the European Union.

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.

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.

Another Irish abortion scandal emerges

Another Irish abortion scandal emerges

Posted: Thu, 22 Nov 2012 15:46

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.

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.

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

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

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 15:48

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.

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

European secularists raise concerns about nomination of Maltese reactionary to European Commission

Posted: Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:03

Secular groups around Europe are preparing to oppose the nomination of the Maltese Foreign Affairs Minister Tonio Borg to replace the recently resigned European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection.

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