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Department of Health written question – answered on 7th June 2016.

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Photo of Rachael Maskell Rachael Maskell Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on conscientious objection for midwives asked to (a) advise on and (b) participate in abortions.

Photo of Jane Ellison Jane Ellison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

Section 4 of the Abortion Act provides that “no person shall be under any duty, whether by contract or by any statutory or other legal requirement, to participate in any treatment authorised by this Act to which he has a conscientious objection”. In 2014, the Supreme Court ruled that this is limited to those staff who actually take part in treatment administered in a hospital or other approved place and does not include ancillary, administrative and managerial tasks that might be associated with treatment.

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