SWEDEN - Midwife Loses Fight to Refuse Abortions

Arno Froese

Midwife Ellinor Grimmark objects to abortions because of her Christian beliefs. But the Swedish Labor Court decided that midwives are obligated to make a choice between conscience and career—contradicting international law, which protects conscientious objection, experts say.

According to the organization Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers, “freedom of conscience” is a human right stating that no one shall be deprived of their ability to work in their profession because that person—by ethical, moral or religious reasons—cannot perform a task that “extinguishes human life” at its beginning, or final stages.

“Restrictions on the right to freedom of conscience must be supported by law and be necessary in a democratic society,” Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers said after the appeals court decision in Grimmark’s case.

In November 2015, a district court found that Grimmark’s right to freedom of conscience had not been violated, and required her to pay the local government’s legal costs, which totaled more than $100,000.

Grimmark has been commuting to Norway, where midwives and doctors are granted freedom of conscience, according to the human rights group.

According to ADF, three different medical clinics in the district of Jönköping had refused to employ Grimmark because she would not assist with abortions due to her belief in the “dignity of human life.”

-www.foxnews.com, 12 April 2017

Arno's commentary

It seems logical that the European Court of Human Rights will side with Ellinor Grimmark, but—as evident from this article—the courts in Sweden did not.

For a national court to deny freedom of conscience is definitely contrary to the democratic world.

It is of interest that only 26% of the world’s population resides in countries where abortion is prohibited. This is mainly in the Islamic world and some Catholic-dominated nations such as Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico, Paraguay and others. In contrast, the progressive and mostly rich countries—Sweden being considered super-rich—see fit to consider abortion a choice of freedom, which in reality is cold-blooded murder.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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