Lady Anne Smith at the Scottish Court of Sessions has delivered a judgement forcing two Catholic midwives to cooperate with killing pre-born children, dismissing their rights to conscientiously object under the immoral Abortion Act 1967:
Lady Smith said she was not satisfied that their Article 9 rights were being interfered with. She said their right of conscientious objection was not unqualified and they had agreed to take up the roles of labour ward co-ordinators, although they now took objection to the job content.
The judge added: “In any event, the nature of their duties does not in fact require them to provide treatment to terminate pregnancies directly.”
Lady Smith upheld NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s anti-Catholic ruling that Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood must co-operate in abortion through managing nursing staff and caring for patients through “the processes of medical termination of pregnancy and feticide”.
Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood made the following submission through their lawyers:
‘”They hold a religious belief that all human life is sacred from the moment of conception and that termination of pregnancy is a grave offence against human life. They maintain that they hold the belief that that their involvement in the process of termination is wrongful and an offence against God and the teachings of their church.’
Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood claimed that the NHS’refusal to recognise their entitlement to conscientious objection was unreasonable and violated their rights under Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) guaranteeing the right to freedom of thought,conscience and religion.
They sought a legal judgment that their entitlement to conscientious objection to taking part in abortions in terms of the 1967 Abortion Act includes the right to refuse to delegate,supervise and support staff involved in such work.
Archbishop Conti expressed his concern at Lady Smith’s judgement:
‘“I view this judgement with deep concern. I wish to put on record my admiration for the courage of the midwives who have, at very great cost to themselves, fought to uphold the right to follow one’s conscience. It is fundamental to the functioning of society that all citizens act in accordance with an informed conscience.
“Any law or judgement which fails to recognise this contradicts that most basic freedom and duty which we all have as human beings, namely to follow our conscience and act accordingly.”
He added that any ‘assault on this principle undermines the very basis of the law itself and society’s moral cohesion, which the law should seek to guarantee.’
Protect the Pope comment: Catholics Mary Doogan and Concepta Wood trained to be midwives to use their medical skills to bring healthy babies into the world and care for mothers, not to cooperate in the killing of babies. Lady Smith is committing a grave injustice by forcing Catholic midwives to manage staff killing babies and care for women who have decided to kill their children. To do such management and such caring is to cooperate in intrinsic evil, and is a mortal sin.
It is sinful for anyone,not only Catholics,to co-operate with the commission of an evil act,such as the killing of unborn babies. Any act that directly enables an abortion is co-operation in mortal sin. Nursing women who have killed their babies and managing staff involved in killing babies is direct co-operation in evil. No Catholic in conscience could accept these duties.
Lady Smith’s coercion of these two midwives to be involved in abortion in whatever capacity is a gross act of anti-Catholicism.
During the Holocaust it wasn’t just the SS guards who dropped the Zyclon B gas canisters into the gas chambers who were morally responsible for murdering 11 million human beings,including 6 million Jews,but also the train drivers,clerks,policemen and chemists who made the apparatus of extermination possible. The same applies to all medical and clerical staff who are knowingly involved in the ‘silent holocaust’that takes place everyday in this country,and around the world.
If midwives are now to be legally forced to cooperate in killing children then this profession now excludes Catholics. Welcome to the new Penal Times for Catholics in the UK.