Conscientious Objection

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Spanish Ombudsman Ángel Gabilondo “warned” that in Madrid abortions are not performed in public hospitals, a situation that “should be subject to analysis.”

Spain ombudsman 'concerned' that most doctors refuse to perform abortions

Jul 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

In a letter leaked to a Spanish newspaper July 12, Ángel Gabilondo said the situation “should be subject to assessment... Read more


New report finds freedom of conscience under threat in France, Spain, and Sweden

Dec 7, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The report said further developments could lead to ‘complete exclusion of Christians from certain professions.’ Read more


San Diego diocesan schools to accept personal belief exemption from student Covid vaccine mandate

Nov 8, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic schools in the Diocese of San Diego will accept “any” personal belief exemption for the coronavirus vaccine once California’s... Read more

A priest distributes Holy Communion.

Eucharistic coherence and the USCCB spring meeting: Five questions you need answered

Jun 11, 2021

By CNA Staff

This CNA explainer goes through the essential background questions about the term eucharistic coherence in preparation for the USCCB spring... Read more

24 states sue to block rule allowing doctors to object to transgender surgery

Jul 21, 2020

Two dozen state attorneys general are joining a lawsuit against the Trump administration, seeking to block a new rule that... Read more

House of Lords committee raises concerns over N Ireland abortion regulations

Apr 29, 2020

A legislation scrutiny committee of the House of Lords last week published a report on the abortion regulations imposed on... Read more

UK government to permit elective abortion in N Ireland up to 12 weeks

Mar 26, 2020

The British government has published its legal framework for abortion services in Northern Ireland, which will come into force March... Read more

Alberto Fernandez assumes the office of President of Argentina, Dec. 10, 2019.

Argentina updates protocol assuring abortion access for rape victims

Dec 17, 2019

The administration of Argentine president Alberto Fernández, who took office last week, has updated the country's abortion protocol to guarantee... Read more

UK government opens consultation on proposed N Ireland abortion law

Nov 5, 2019

The British government launched Monday a public consultation on a proposed framework for the legal provision of abortion in Northern... Read more

Nearly 1,000 N Ireland medical personnel say they won’t perform abortions

Oct 24, 2019

A Northern Ireland doctor opposed to abortion said he collected the signatures of 911 health care professionals in the region... Read more

Argentina Doctor Leandro Rodríguez Lastra.

Argentinian doctor convicted of refusing to perform abortion

May 22, 2019

Dr. Leandro Rodríguez Lastra, an OB-GYN in Argentina, was found guilty on Monday of having prevented an abortion, after he... Read more

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane from Malmo, Sweden, to Rome, Nov. 1, 2016.

Pope Francis: Freedom of conscience in danger in 'Christian countries'

Mar 31, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis decried the regression of freedom of conscience in “Christian countries” during an in-flight press conference Sunday, telling reporters... Read more

Mexican Senate approves medical conscientious objection bill

Mar 26, 2018

The Mexican Senate has approved a measure protecting the conscientious objections of medical personnel who hold moral or ethical objections... Read more

In Ontario, legal assisted suicide could kill conscientious objection

Aug 18, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

Conscience protections for Catholic hospitals and other organizations could soon come under fire in the Canadian province of Ontario, with... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square, April 13, 2016.

You have the right to practice your faith, Pope Francis says in new interview

May 17, 2016

By Elise Harris

In a new interview focused heavily on migration and dialogue with Islam, Pope Francis touched on growing concerns surrounding the... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists aboard his flight from Philadelphia to Rome Sept. 27, 2015.

Full transcript of Pope Francis' inflight interview from Philadelphia to Rome

Sep 28, 2015

In a 47 minute Q&A with journalists on his way back to Rome Pope Francis touched on sensitive topics such... Read more


Conscience objections urged in face of Colombian gay unions

May 7, 2013

Officials from the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia have urged Catholics to adhere to Church teaching in the face of potential... Read more

Council of Europe, Parliamentary Assembly.

Council of Europe hailed for religious freedom resolution

Apr 30, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

A resolution passed by the Council of Europe's Parliamentary Assembly is being lauded as an important – although limited –... Read more