Swedish Court Fails to Protect Midwife Forced to Conduct Abortions


The Swedish Appeals Court issued a decision this week ruling that the government
can force medical professionals to perform abortions. If they refuse, they can lose their jobs. Ellinor Grimmark, a Swedish midwife who holds to the Christian faith, has been denied employment at three different medical clinics simply because she will not perform abortions. “Participation in abortions should not be a requirement for employment as a medical professional. In accordance with international law, the court should have protected Ellinor’s fundamental right to freedom of conscience,” said the Alliance Defending  Freedom’s International Director of European Advocacy Robert Clarke. “For that reason, Ellinor is considering an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.” Grimmark lost her initial case in November of 2015 when a district court found that her right to freedom of conscience did not protect her from being discriminated against for not preforming for
refusing abortions.

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