Madrid, Spain, Jul 14, 2011 / 12:23 pm
An advocacy group in Spain strongly criticized the country's Collegial Medical Organization for approving a new ethics code that could restrict doctors from objecting to performing abortions.
In a statement sent to CNA on July 12, the National Association for the Defense of the Right to Conscientious Objection condemned the organization for approving the code behind closed doors and without input from its members.
Association members say the proposal for the new code of ethics wasn't slated for discussion until September.
They also criticized the “secretive” manner in which the code was enacted and said it violated the rights of the members of the Collegial Medical Organization to object and to file further complaints if their concerns were not acknowledged.