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Challengers defeat council in abortion ruling

The Medical Council has overstepped the law in its draft statement on how doctors who hold a conscientious objection to abortion must respond to a patient requesting an abortion. The statement must be amended, says a ruling from High Court judge Alan MacKenzie, released today. The judge has accepted some of the arguments of conscientiously objecting doctors who say the statement wrongly requires them to give advice that might facilitate …Read More

Decision reserved on abortion advice

Doctors with a conscientious objection to abortion have asked the court to stop the Medical Council from requiring them to give patients more information than they consider reasonable. The council’s Beliefs and Medical Practice statement misinforms doctors on their obligations toward women seeking abortion, according to Tawa Medical Centre GP Catherine Hallagan and a group called the New Zealand Health Professionals Alliance. They were the applicants in a judicial review …Read More

Medical Council defends its abortion rules

The Medical Council is standing by its requirement that doctors ensure women have access to information on abortion services. It is not sufficient for doctors with a conscientious objection to inform a patient requesting an abortion that she can go to a Family Planning clinic or another doctor, the council’s lawyer told the High Court at Wellington today. Mary Scholtens QC is responding for the council to a challenge to …Read More

Doctors challenge abortion rules

Doctors have been misinformed on their obligations toward women seeking abortion, says the lawyer in a High Court challenge to the Medical Council. The council’s “Beliefs and Medical Practice” statement had got it wrong, said Harry Waalkens QC on behalf of doctors challenging the statement in a judicial review in the High Court at Wellington today [1 November]. Tawa GP Catherine Hallagan and a group of like-minded health professionals are …Read More

Anti-abortion doctors challenge guidelines

Anti-abortion doctors have gone to court to challenge new Medical Council guidelines on how physicians with personal objections to abortion must deal with patients. The doctors filed an application in the High Court last week for a judicial review of the guidelines, titled “Beliefs and Medical Practice”. The Medical Council is withholding the guidelines until the case is decided. The doctors’ lawyer, Harry Waalkens, QC, said proceedings for a judicial …Read More