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Most Rev Martin Currie
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
In response to the growing legal challenges to conscience rights and protection for medical professionals, MaterCare International themes international conference "Maternal Health Care with a Catholic Conscience"
June 15, 2015 St. John's, NL:
Among the featured speakers will be Professor Bogdan Chazan, one of the most senior specialists in Warsaw who recently was dismissed from his position as the CEO of the Holy Family Hospital in Warsaw, on the grounds of his refusal to abort a baby with lethal congenital anomalies. The Prime Minster of Poland at the time responded in a public statement saying “law comes before faith”. Charges of professional misconduct have since been dismissed, but Professor Chazan has not been reinstated in his position.
Other speakers include two senior midwives who lost their case before the Supreme Court, of the UK,to uphold their right to conscientious objection in the supervision of abortion procedures.
"All of this has profound significance for the future of health care and the ministry of the church, especially as lay health professionals take the place of religious. The covenant relationship that used to exist between doctor and patient, second only to that of the priest, is being corrupted such that doctors are now becoming simply technicians who will be required by state law to end life both at the beginning and the end – perhaps even without the consent from whom they are caring for. This will no doubt continue to encompass more lives as the cost of care for severely premature babies, the elderly, and those with terminal illnesses rises. Few young doctors are entering the specialty of obstetrics and others sadly compromise their moral integrity in order to sustain their careers. For mothers the developing world relying on foreign aid, the situation raises the question, where will they receive care from doctors who respect their dignity, faith beliefs and decisions about their babies and families?" stated Dr. Robert Walley, Executive Director of MCI.
The group is urging delegates from around the world to attend the conference in order to discuss the future of the Church's health care ministry to mothers.