Doctors and nurses who object to providing controversial emergency contraception on moral or religious grounds are being barred from specialist professional qualifications under official guidelines.
The guidelines class Roman Catholics and others motivated by pro-life beliefs as “ineligible” for important qualifications provided by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) even if they complete the training programme.
The prohibition is confirmed in the latest version of the guidelines which were amended earlier this year after the qualifications were opened to nurses as well as doctors.
It states that those with moral objections are “welcome” to study the diploma course but adds: “Completing the syllabus means willingness during training to prescribe all forms of hormonal contraception, including emergency, and willingness to counsel and refer, if appropriate, for all intrauterine methods. Failure to complete the syllabus renders candidates ineligible for the award of a FSRH Diploma.”
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