No Conscientious Objection of Health Care Workers

Country: Sweden

Date of incident: May 21, 2013

There is no conscientious objection for health care workers in Sweden, in fact there is a total absence of legal statutes that protects the freedom of conscience for health care workers, midwifes, nurses, physicians, medical students or pharmacists. Health care workers, who are reprimanded, repositioned or put at disadvantage for refusing to perform procedures such as abortions, claim that their rights under article 9 of the Convention in compliance with the European Council resolution are infringed.

Source and further information: The Observatory's Report 2012 on Legal Restrictions Effecting Christians in Europe