France: Refusal to abolish the conscience clause for abortion

Source: FSSPX News

The National French Council of the Order of Doctors is opposed to the abolition of the conscience clause concerning voluntary interruption of pregnancy (VIP). In a press release dated February 26, 2015, the Council stated that it is a “fundamental disposition of the Medical Code of Ethics and of the Code of Public Health.”

After a report was presented by the Women’s Rights Delegation (WRD) of the National Assembly, this clause is threatened by the health bill that is to be presented at the National Assembly on March 17. “Abolishing article 18 would be a casus belli,” declared Dr. Jean-Marie Faroudja, president of the Ethics and Deontology section of the Order of Doctors, to the Quotidien du Médecin (Doctor’s Daily News) on February 27. “We are attached to Article 18. It is untouchable. VIP is not a priori a pathological situation. Being pregnant is not a sickness. VIP is therefore not just a medical act like any other.”

(sources: apic/lequotidiendumedecin – DICI no.312 March 13, 2015)