Tuesday, 14 August 2012

SPUC welcomes appeal date for Glasgow midwives

SPUC has welcomed the news that an appeal will be heard next January in the case of two Glasgow midwives who refuse to supervise abortion procedures.

In February this year a judge in the Scottish Court of Session said that the midwives, Mary Doogan and Connie Wood, had to accept management instructions to oversee abortions performed by other midwives on the labour ward.

The midwives had argued that they had never been required to supervise abortion procedures in the past, and that the hospital was asking them to be morally, medically and legally responsible for abortions. They argued that this conflicted with their profound objection to abortions and with the right to opt-out that is protected in the 1967 Abortion Act.

SPUC has underwritten the midwives' legal costs. People wishing to make donations towards the midwives' legal costs should telephone SPUC on 020 7091 7091.

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