Catholic Midwives Mary Doogan & Concepta Wood go to court over abortion conscientious objection

Scotland’s largest health board has been taken to court by Catholic staff who claim conscientious objections over abortion procedures were disregarded.

Midwifery sisters Mary Doogan, 57, and Concepta Wood, 51, say being forced to supervise staff taking part in abortions violates their human rights.

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde claims conscientious objections do not give them the right to refuse such duties.

The hearing, at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, continues.

Ms Doogan and Mrs Wood sought during a grievance procedure to have confirmation that they were not required to delegate, supervise or support staff in the participation and care of patients through “the processes of medical termination of pregnancy and feticide”.


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