Here’s a report from Life News that is actually a sample of a growing trend:
The “problem of unregulated use of conscientious objection” by doctors who do not want to commit abortions must be addressed by the European authorities, says a draft declaration of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
Prepared by the UK’s Christine McCafferty for the PACE Social, Health and Family Affairs Committee, the draft declaration calls for the establishment of “comprehensive and clear legal and policy framework governing the practice of conscientious objection by healthcare providers,” with an “effective oversight and complaint mechanism.”
Under the document’s guidelines, doctors would be obliged to provide patients with information on “all treatment options available” and to refer patients to them on request. Moreover, in cases of “emergency” or “when referral to another healthcare provider is not possible,” the doctor with the conscientious objection would be obliged to “provide the desired treatment” against his will.