Spanish Bioethicist Calls for Black-List of Conscientious Objectors

Country: Spain

Date of incident: February 13, 2012

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Morals

Area of case: Political / Private



Maria Casado, who holds the UNESCO Chair of Bioethics at the University of Barcelona calls for a national registry of doctors who will not perform abortions, in order to “improve” women’s access to “pregnancy termination.”

Speaking to the press, the Chair’s director, Maria Casado, also expressed opposition to restrictions to abortion in Spanish law proposed by the new government headed by Mariano Rajoy, and called for a more stringent definition of conscientious objection for doctors. Spanish human life defending doctors have vigorously opposed plans to establish regional registries of conscientious objectors, let alone a national and public registry as called for during the Barcelona seminar. Doctors and the pro-life movement in Spain fear that such a measure would lead to black-listing and could ultimately provoke ideological persecution. Casado said that while she upholds doctors’ rights to conscientious objection, the main idea is to “respect rights in a democratic society” – women’s rights as well as doctors’ rights. “When conscientious objection is transformed into a collective stance for ideological reasons, it turns into civil disobedience,” she argued, naming the “Catholic Church” as “responsible” insofar as it promotes conscientious objection to abortion. Source: LifeSiteNews.com More on Maria Casado: http://www.pcb.ub.edu/bioeticaidret/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=302&Itemid=138&lang=en_UK