A PRO-LIFE doctor in Antequera has been allowed to refuse referring patients for abortions.
A court in Malaga has accepted the doctor’s appeal that was lodged after a landmark ruling in April saw the Northern Health District refuse him the status of a ‘conscientious objector’.
The unnamed family doctor had applied under the country’s Abortion Act – which states medical physicians can refuse to perform abortions ‘for reasons of conscience’ – to be free from referring women for abortions.?
However, the judge rejected his request on the grounds that his ‘duty to provide adequate health care prevailed over that of conscience.’
The ruling also contradicts the decision of another Malaga court which refused a similar request on the basis the doctor did not have to take part in the procedure, but merely inform patients and refer them to a clinic.
Since being introduced, Spain’s new law, which allows an abortion during the first 14 weeks of pregnancy, has proved highly controversial and has been contested by conservatives, pro-life advocates and the church.