Conscientious Objection

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A priest distributes Holy Communion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Southern General Hospital, in Glasgow, Scotland.

Court protects Scottish midwives from abortion involvement

Two Scottish midwives won an appeal on April 24 against a court's decision forcing them to indirectly take part in... Read more

Mark Rienzi of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Illinois pharmacist ruling praised as conscience victory

Religious liberty advocates are hailing the end of a seven-year legal battle over the required provision of abortion drugs in... Read more

A doctor visits with her patient.

Support for teen emergency contraception access deemed 'foolish'

Doctors and pro-life advocates warn that the American Academy of Pediatrics' recommendation of emergency contraceptives for teenage girls promotes unwise... Read more

Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.

Conscience rights for pharmacists upheld in Illinois ruling

An Illinois appeals court’s ruling on the conscience rights of pharmacists is being hailed as a victory for religious freedom... Read more