Doctors are Denied the Right to Conscientious Objection

Country: Norway

Date of incident: June 4, 2013

Medical doctors in Norway must be willing to refer their patients to abortion clinics even if this is against their conscience.

The secretary of state at the health ministry, Robin Kåss, confirmed that there is no way for general physicians to opt out of abortion. He explained that just like pacifists could not become police officers, someone denying a referral for an abortion could not work as a general physician.