Since Westminster’s imposition of an extreme abortion regime in the north on 21st November, there is no legally recognised right to conscientious objection for health sector workers where abortion is concerned.

Aontú Newry & Armagh Candidate Martin Kelly stated:

“A general practitioner in the north has gathered the signatures of nearly 1,000 medical professionals who have vowed not to commit abortions. On October 22, abortion was decriminalised in the north when the clock struck midnight on the deadline set by Westminster.

“Doctor Andrew Cupples, a GP who opposed Westminster’s imposition of abortion, stated that he and the other medical professionals who signed a letter of protest to the British government will refuse to participate in abortions. Doctor Cupples said that they would leave their jobs if their superiors attempted to force them to participate. Those who signed the letter include doctors, midwives, and nurses.

“Aontú stands firmly in support of those employed in the health sector as they stand by their consciences and adhere to the basic healthcare principle of ‘first, do no harm’.”

Doctor Cupples stated:

“Hundreds of healthcare professionals will refuse to be involved in abortion services. There are even people who are planning to walk away from the healthcare service if they are forced to participate in abortion services. There are also people in obstetrics and gynaecology and midwives who are worried if they do not agree to be trained in abortion they could be forced to do so or reprimanded by their employers or a professional body.”