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Firing Health Professionals Who Refuse to Abort Babies Is Watershed Moment for Europe

Last edited 30th July 2014

Firing Health Professionals Who Refuse to Abort Babies Is Watershed Moment for Europe

Dr. Bogdan Chazan, preeminent in his field and recognized throughout Poland for his medical expertise, was recently fined and fired from his position as director of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department at the Holy Family Hospital in Warsaw, Poland, for refusing to perform an abortion on a child diagnosed with potentially severe brain damage.

Chazan’s case comes on the heels of two other prominent European cases involving two Scottish nurses, Concepta Ward and Mary Teresa Doogan, and Swedish midwife Ellinor Grimmark, who were fired from their jobs for refusing to assist in abortions. The cases jointly mark a watershed moment in European history and human rights law.


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