Baroness O’Loan’s Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill passed Second Reading and progressed through to Committee Stage in the House of Lords.

01 Jan 2019

This has put the issue of conscientious objection on the agenda in Parliament. A large group of peers spoke in support of the Bill during the debates as it progressed through the Lords with some excellent contributions from Lady Finlay, Baroness O'Loan, Lord Alton, Lord Shinkwin and Lord Mackay.

The Bill was supported by a wide group of medical professionals outside Parliament who are directly affected by the current status quo and want to see change so they are protected in the future.

It also put the experience of the Scottish midwife, Mary Doogan, back in the media. Mary was hounded out of her job after 30 years (and delivering 5,000 babies) because she refused to supervise abortions. This has been accompanied by wider media coverage in a number of mainstream media publications covering the broader issues raised by the Bill.

Thousands of people have now written to their MPs asking that this issue is now raised in the Commons and we [Right to Life UK] will be working hard to ensure that the focus on this continues in 2019.