Inquiry into Freedom of Conscience in Abortion Provision
On 14 June, the All Party Pro-Life Parliamentary Group, led by Fiona Bruce MP, launched a Parliamentary Inquiry into freedom of conscience in abortion provision.
Section 4 of the Abortion Act 1967 specifically states that, ‘... no person shall be under any duty, whether by contract or by any statutory or other legal requirement, to participate in any treatment authorised by this Act to which he has a conscientious objection.’ The Inquiry will examine whether this so-called conscience clause continues to provide adequate protection for healthcare professionals who do not wish to be involved, directly or indirectly, in the provision of abortion.
The Inquiry is running only for a short period – the deadline for submissions is 11 July 2016. Anyone can make a submission by completing an online form, by emailing, or in writing. More information is available at www.conscienceinquiry.uk