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Powerful Video – Kiwi Doctor Against Abortion

Watch this powerful video! A Kiwi doctor explains why he stopped doing abortions and why he thinks the New Zealand Government’s Abortion Legislation Bill 2019 is dangerous for unborn children. Hear the truth about the reality of abortion including late term abortions, the risks and harms of abortion to the mother, the importance of the heartbeat, foetal pain, the age of viability, and NZ’s close connection to operative procedures performed …Read More

Disappointment at Proposed NZ Abortion Legislation

The Proposed Abortion Legislation Dr Catherine Hallagan, spokesperson for the New Zealand Health Professionals Alliance is hugely disappointed at the proposed Abortion Legislation Bill released by Cabinet today. Dr Hallagan says that Abortion must remain in the Crimes Act because, at some point, killing a child is a crime. It should remain a crime to kill a baby in utero, unless the grounds for abortion are met as defined in …Read More

Doctor Promoting Freedom of Conscience in Care of Women and the Unborn

POWERFUL: Top Irish Obstetrician Dr Trevor Hayes says he and other prolife doctors will not be bullied or forced into performing or facilitating abortion. He asks if politicians who are attacking prolife doctors would be willing to perform an abortion themselves. #WeStandforLife

Why I will be a conscientious objector to Victoria’s assisted dying law

Originally published in MercartorNet, August 2018 by Adrian Dabscheck During a recent period of enforced rest, I had time to reflect on my attitude to the recently enacted voluntary assisted dying legislation in Victoria and consider my response.1 I will detail my reaction to the Act and why I have chosen to become a so-called conscientious objector. In his essay Western Attitudes Toward Death,2 French historian Philippe Ariès illustrates the …Read More

Pulling the plug on conscience rights

Originally published in First Things, December 2009 by Wesley J. Smith   Over the past fifty years, the purposes and practices of medicine have changed radically. Where medical ethics was once life-affirming, today’s treatments and medical procedures increasingly involve the legal taking of human life. The litany is familiar: More than one million pregnancies are extinguished each year in the United States, thousands late-term. Physician-assisted suicide is legal in Oregon, …Read More

Doctor who objects to physician-assisted suicide says role is in ‘service of the sanctity of life’

Originally published in CBC News, April 2017 by Andrea Janus A Scarborough palliative care physician says she would like Ontario to adopt a direct-access model for physician-assisted suicide, making it widely available to patients while bypassing doctors who object to the procedure. Dr. Natalia Novosedlik is one of a group of doctors seeking what’s called “conscience protection” in the province’s assisted dying law, meaning physicians who oppose euthanasia or physician-assisted …Read More

Euthanasia and the common good

Originally published in Corpus, July 2018 by Charlotte Paul When I started thinking hard about euthanasia, I visited my friend who has a progressive illness affecting his body and mind, and who is in hospital-level care. His partner has moved into the same residence to help look after him. She responds to his suffering with love, and you can sometimes see in his eyes that he recognises this. I honour them both: his endurance and gratitude; her generosity. …Read More

When doctors say No

Originally published in MercatorNet, May 2017 by Michael Quinlan As abortion, euthanasia and other controversial procedures become more widespread, conscientious objection for healthcare workers is becoming a flashpoint for controversy throughout the Western world. Some doctors and ethicists have argued that conscientious objection itself is unethical because doctors are required to fulfil any legal request that their patients make. MercatorNet interviewed Professor Michael Quinlan, dean of the law school at …Read More

Protecting the Careers of Medical Professionals Who Believe in the Hippocratic Oath

Originally published in The Center for Bioethics and Culture, May 2009 by Wesley J. Smith We live in a culturally diverse society in which people vary greatly in their moral beliefs about the importance of human life. These profound differences are most bitterly expressed in the medical context, particularly with regard to issues such as abortion, physician-assisted suicide, embryonic stem cell research, and other life and death policies and procedures. …Read More

Politicians wrestle with doctors’ consciences in Victoria

Originally published in MercatorNet, April 2017 by Paul Russell As the Victorian Ministerial Advisory Panel on “assisted dying” makes ready to release its interim report sometime in April, The Age newspaper turned its attention to the matter of conscience whether a doctor may refuse to take part in any action that would bring about the premature and deliberate death of a person. Conscience – or the ability to draw upon one’s …Read More