LONDON, United Kingdom – A bill in the British Parliament would clarify the rights of conscientious objection for medical professionals, protecting them from participating in medical procedures to which their beliefs are opposed.

The Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Act 2017 would defend healthcare workers in England and Wales from partaking in the withdrawal of life-sustaining treatment, IVF or similar fertility treatments, or abortion if they have a conscientious objection to doing so.

The bill, now at the committee stage in the House of Lords, was introduced by Baroness Nuala O’Loan, a peer from Northern Ireland, who believes medical professionals should not be discriminated against for their personal beliefs.

O’Loan said the bill seeks to “affirm as a matter of statute that no one shall be under any duty to participate in activities they believe involve the taking of human life,” according to News Letter UK.

Read the full article here: https://cruxnow.com/church-in-uk-and-ireland/2018/03/20/uk-bill-seeks-to-protect-conscientious-objection-for-medical-practitioners

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