19 December 2014
EA Scotland responds to supreme court ruling on Glasgow midwives
National director of Evangelical Alliance Scotland, Fred Drummond said:
"Part of living in a tolerant society is that rights of conscience should be respected, whether or not these views fit the fashion of the day. This court case is not about the rights or wrongs of the abortion law, nor is it about service provision as no individual would have been denied any services by another member of staff organising a rota. Rather, it is about the ability to exercise choice for those who in good conscience decide they cannot be involved in offering abortion services.
"It is concerning that in an area where the word 'choice' plays such a key role in the debate, that choice does not appear to extend to conscience for those working in the NHS, and that in this sensitive area some choices appear more equal than others.
"We reject the false dichotomy this creates between choices and call instead for a new settlement where genuine equality and diversity can be expressed by a reasonable accommodation of all sincerely held views. We hope, even at this stage, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will see the value in this and become a truly inclusive employer."
Evangelical Alliance Scotland, Glasgow
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