Friday, December 3

Irene Montero insists on limiting conscientious objection to abortion, despite opposing Health

The Minister of Equality, Irene Montero.

The Minister of Equality, Irene Montero.

The Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, has reaffirmed this Thursday that the draft reform of the abortion law will be ready in December that will limit the conscientious objection of doctors, despite the fact that the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has indicated that it opposes this modification.

Montero continues with his plan to regulate objections because he understands that this the right of health workers “cannot be above the right of women to decide on his own body “, as he already expressed on July 8 last in an act of the Institute of Women in which he announced the reform he intends.

The objection is allowed in the organic law on sexual and reproductive health and voluntary interruption of pregnancy, which was approved in March 2010, and the Minister of Equality explained this Thursday in an interview in the Ser that this right of doctors “In practice it is being used to prevent the effective right to abortion in public centers.”

Montero not only faces Darias, who at a press conference this Wednesday stated that he has “no intention” to reform conscientious objection, but also the General Council of Official Medical Associations, which on July 11 already exposed that making the objection difficult is “unacceptable, illegal and unfair.”

“Misuse” of doctors’ rights

The leader of Podemos understands, however, that this right of doctors is being “misused” and that a sample is the public complaint made by a geriatrician from the Madrid Hospital Clínico San Carlos, who has assured that he has not an interruption was practiced in the 17th week of pregnancy in that center despite the fact that the fetus was practically unviable and that her life was at risk.

This case has rekindled this week the debate on the advisability of the reform that began in July and has also been conducted this Thursday in the Madrid Assembly, to whose plenary session the deputies of United We Can have attended in protest.

Ayuso, against forcing a doctor to act

The president of the regional government, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, has supported the actions of the San Carlos Clinic and has assured that she is against “forcing” a doctor to act against their right to object, because, she has said, “they save lives and not otherwise”.

On the other hand, the head of the opposition and spokesperson for Más Madrid, Monica Garcia, has underlined the right of women to abort in public health when the requirements are met and has regretted that Díaz Ayuso makes them “life impossible”, since he believes that it is not the strict conscience of doctors, but that there may be guidelines from the management of their centers or work reasons.

In Valladolid, the vice president of the Junta de Castilla y León, Francisco Igea, has rejected this Thursday the possibility that the future reform of the law restricts the right of doctors to object, because, he has said, everything that is to restrict individual rights is wrong.

Igea has defended that the objection is “compatible with the exercise of the right to abortion and its decriminalization” and has indicated that in its opinion this compatibility occurs at this time, with the current law, although the right of conscience of the doctors is the This is why most of the abortions performed in Spain are carried out by concerted private clinics.

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