Two anti-abortion midwives who claimed that being involved in termination procedures violated their human rights have lost their legal case.
As “conscientious objectors”, Concepta Wood, 51, and Mary Doogan, 57, argued that being obliged to help staff who performed abortion procedures is “abhorrent” and that they were entitled to refuse to be involved.
The pair, both Catholics, claimed they should not have to delegate, supervise or support other midwives and nurses, nor should they have to provide care to women who have undergone the procedure.
They took their case against their employer, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, to the Court of Session in Edinburgh.
But Judge Lady Smith ruled that Ms Wood and Ms Doogan are not directly involved in abortions anyway.
Dismissing their petition for a judicial review, she said: “Nothing they have to do as part of their duties terminates a woman’s pregnancy.
“They are sufficiently removed from direct involvement as, it seems to me, to afford appropriate respect for and accommodation of their beliefs.