The main problems:
The report focuses “especially on the field of reproductive health care” for women, i.e., mainly on abortion, but it also concerns some other practices such as assisted reproduction and sterilization. The report also mentions “pain-relief by life-shortening means for terminally ill patients” i.e., active euthanasia.
Among its more unacceptable provisions, this Council of Europe document asks the European Member States:
- to “oblige the healthcare provider to provide the desired treatment to which the patient is legally entitled [i.e. abortion] despite his or her conscientious objection”,
- to oblige the healthcare provider to take part indirectly, in all circumstances, in abortion and other critical medical practices despite his or her conscientious objection,
- to oblige the healthcare provider to prove “that his or her objection is grounded in their conscience or religious beliefs and that the refusal is done in good faith”,
- to deprive “public/state institutions, such as public hospitals and clinics, as a whole”, from the “guarantee of the right to conscientious objection”,
- to create a “registry of conscientious objectors”,
- to create “an effective complaint mechanism” against the conscientious objectors. (*)
Full text of the report:
The members of the parliamentary assembly by countries: assembly.coe.int/ASP/AssemblyList/AL_DelegationsList_E.asp
Please write also to:
- President of Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Mr. Mevlut Cavusoglu (Turkey): email@example.com
- Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Mateo Sorinas (Spanien): firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
- President of the Social Affairs Commitee, Mrs. Liliane Maury Pasquier (Schweiz, Sozialisten) firstname.lastname@example.org
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(*) We thank the European Centre for Law and Justice (www.eclj.org) for its outstanding work on compiling arguments and overviews on this issue.