Midwives’ claim rejected

AN ATTEMPT by two Roman Catholic midwives to avoid any involvement in abortions as conscientious objectors has been rejected.

Mary Doogan, 57, and Concepta Wood, 51, held supervisory positions in Glasgow’s Southern General hospital’s labour ward.

Both claimed that even having to delegate and support staff in terminations was a breach of their human rights.

However, Lady Smith said the 1967 Abortion Act allowed only qualified conscientious objection. She also ruled provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights were, similarly, not absolute.