Conscientious Objection At Stake After Five Public Hospitals Refuse to Perform Abortions

Country: Croatia

Date of incident: January 31, 2015

The Ministry of Health in Croatia vowed to ensure abortion in all public hospitals, regardless of doctors' conscientious objection. According to the Ministry every public hospital must have a team that performs abortions. This policy came as the result of the discovery of five hospitals, in which gynecologists refused to perform abortions based on their right to conscientious objection.

In Croatia, abortion on demand is regulated by the Act of 1978. The government decided to penalize directors of hospitals that would not provide abortion services at the request of women. Sources: