Samvittighetsfrihet

FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE.

 

Katarzyna Jachimowicz is a Polish general practitioner (GP) who came to Norway to worksom years ago.  She was hired as a GP in a Norwegian community, Sauherad, in 2011.  Because she believes that life starts with fertilization and human value and dignity begins at the same time, she did not want do refer patients to abortion and to insert intrauterine devices (IUD).  IUD often function in the way that it prevents a fertilized egg to stick to the uterus, in other words:  It prevents life to develop. 

She has sued the community for unjustifiable resignation, and the trial will take place during the periode Jan. 16.-18. 2017. 

Norwegian law claims that all GPs perform all the tasks that the rules claim them to do.  They can refuse to do some tasks if they do not have the skills to do them, but they are not allowed to refuse if they claim freedom of conscience as the reason.

The European Convention of Human Rights states in article 9:

“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief, in worship, teaching, practice and observance.”

 

This convention overrules the Norwegian law.

Our organization, Norges Kristelige Legeforening (Christian Medical and Dental Association of Norway) fully supports Katarzyna in this matter, and will follow the trial with greath observance.  But this case costs a lot of money, and we are happy for everyone who wants to contribute.

You can use this international bank account number (IBAN):

 NO36 7874 0530 436

 BIC (Swift-adresse)   DNBANOKKXXX

 

Sincerely,

Magnar Kleiven,

CEO of NKLF