A Polish doctor, living and practising medicine in Norway, Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz, is fighting in the Norwegian courts to protect the right of medical personnel to object in conscience to participating in abortion, states a CitizenGo petition. It is being directed to the Norwegian Health Minister and two leading newspaper editors in Norway.
Last year, we learned about the story of a brave Polish doctor fighting for physicians in Norway to exercise their right to freedom of conscience, in their work. Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz has been fighting, for herself and for other doctors, to have this fundamental right respected and vindicated by the state of Norway. (Photo: Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz, LifesiteNews)
“Throughout the Telemark region, where Dr Jachimowicz’ clinic is located, four physicians opposed these practices and did not perform them.
All of these doctors were expected to leave work on their own initiative, and three of them decided to take this step. However, Dr Jachimowicz stayed at the clinic. As a result, the managing director of the outpatient clinic fired Dr Jachimowicz from work in December, 2015.
This action is outrageous and discriminates on the basis of conscientious objection to abortion and taking human life.
Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz lost a bid in Norway’s Lower Courts to have the “conscience clause” respected. On 31 October, a new trial began in Norway’s High Courts. She is ready to take this fight to Norway’s highest court, and, even, to an international court, if necessary.
With this petition, let us express our solidarity with the doctor, who, on our behalf, is fighting this fight, alone. Let us, therefore, utterly object to any state trampling on the basic right of every doctor – to do as their conscience dictates, especially where opposition to abortion is concerned.Please sign this urgent petition, here. It is directed both to the Norwegian Health Minister, as well as to the Editors of two of Norway’s major newspapers.
Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz has been a doctor for 24 years, and worked as a family doctor at the Family Outpatient Clinic in Sauherad (Sauherad legesenter) for 4 years. During this period, there was no complaint about the doctor’s work. From the beginning of her employment at the clinic, management knew that Dr Jachimowicz would not agree to prescribe or insert an IUD (intrauterine device, aka the “coil”) into a woman.
So, from the beginning of Dr Jachimowicz’s employment, this was not a problem for the clinic, as other doctors were willing to prescribe an IUD, even though the device could malfunction. It is worthwhile to add that an IUD is not only a contraceptive, but sometimes, if a child has been conceived, the device can also cause miscarriage.
In fact, an IUD can prevent the nesting of an embryo in the uterus, and this action can result in the death of the human embryo.
But, then, on January 1, 2015, a new law was passed forbidding family doctors from refusing to perform any activity on the basis of their beliefs…except, however, when lacking the appropriate skills.
Let us hope that the High Court finds that doctors, guided by their right to freedom of conscience, may not be discriminated against.”
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