Spanish Executive Wants a Register of Medical Conscientious Objectors

October 04, 2021

The Ministry of Equality will include in the reform of the law on sexual and reproductive health and voluntary termination of pregnancy (IVE) a register of professional conscientious objectors to ensure access to abortion in all cases.

Sources from the department headed by Irene Montero assured that it was decided to use the euthanasia law as a reference because it achieved a broad consensus (sic) when it was drafted.

The purpose of this register of objectors is to identify the needs in each area of ​​health, so that the right to be able to kill the unborn child can be guaranteed in all cases.

Abortion Figures

The announcement comes as the government just released abortion figures for 2020: 427,475 babies should have been born in Spain, only 339,206 came to laugh and cry, the remaining 88,269 were aborted.

In other words, 20.6% of conceived children are killed, that is, more than one in five children are not born by the will of their mother and a society that consents to it.

91% of abortions were at the request of the mother (80,209), who did not stop being a mother because she got rid of her child. Any hope in this darkness? 19.9% ​​of Spaniards declare themselves to be practicing Catholics. However, in at least ten provinces, 100% of public gynecologists oppose abortion.

Medical Opposition

In an official statement, the Illustrious College of Physicians of Madrid (ICOMEM) reacted to statements by the Equality Minister undermining constitutional law and the code of professional conduct by attempting to limit the right to the legitimate exercise of conscientious objection.

In particular, it is recalled that “it is a fundamental right recognized internationally in the European Charter of Human Rights. No disruptive regulation or opportunistic ideological law can regulate it, much less limit or condition it.”

The statement ends with these words: “We cannot tolerate an illegitimate interference in the practice of medicine. We reject the artificially created contrast between the right to conscientious objection, which any doctor can exercise, and the right to health care of any citizen.”

This statement followed the threat by the Minister of Equality of the Spanish Socio-Communist Government, Irene Montero, assuring that the right of women to kill their unborn children could not be affected by the doctors’ right to conscientious objection.

Echoing the minister, the director of the Institute for Women, Toni Morillas, said that in Spain there is a “bad practice” in matters of “conscientious objection” of professionals which “the human right to abortion is hampered” and treated rather as “a practice that generates social stigma.”

Discrimination Tool

The medical profession reacted: the register of objectors could easily become a tool of discrimination in hiring against doctors who want to be faithful to the Hippocratic Oath:

“I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion. With purity and with holiness I will pass my life and practice my Art.”