Conscientious Objection Denied

Country: United Kingdom

Date of incident: January 1, 1996

Category: Government Restrictions

Attack against: Morals

Area of case: Governmental / Private / Workplace



(1995/1996) Several instances have been collected in which staff were denied the right to conscientious objection and lost their jobs.

• 1996 - Stephen Clark, a scientist from Manchester sacked after refusing to monitor emissions from hospital incinerators burning foetuses. Alton, D., 2002, Life After Death


• 1995 - Journalist Simon Caldwell forced to resign after his analysis of official abortion statistics used the words “kill” and “perish”. Alton, D., 2002, Life After Death


• 1995 - Barbara Hanaway, medical secretary, sacked from Salford Health Authority for refusing to deal with an abortion. Alton, D., 2002, Life After Death


• 1995 - Patrick McCrystal sacked as a pharmacist in Belfast after being told to dispense the abortifacient morning-after pill. Although able to dispense 98% of daily prescriptions, he could not get another job. Alton, D., 2002, Life After Death


• 1991 - Andy Croal, Director of a Nottingham local Social Services Department publicly stated, “Abortion is the greatest form of child abuse”. He was suspended and threatened with dismissal. Alton, D., 2002, Life After Death