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Vilka konsekvenser kan en samvetsklausul i vården få?

Vilka konsekvenser kan en samvetsklausul i vården få? Fråga Valentina Magnanti som fick genomlida en abort av sitt döda foster på en sjukhustoalett. Historien inträffade i Italien i oktober 2010 men har inte blivit känd förrän nu. Så här skriver la Republica på sin blogg.

Interviewed by La Repubblica, Valentina explained that in 2006 she was diagnosed with a rare genetically transmitted disease. Because she is theoretically able to have children, she was refused access to ART, which would have allowed an embryo to be tested for the illness before being implanted. Law 40, passed by the Berlusconi government in 2004, is extremely restrictive, allowing ART only for reproductive problems arising from sterility or infertility. In addition, only married or cohabiting couples may be treated, excluding gay couples, single women and fertile couples carrying genetic diseases. The law establishes the rights of the embryo over those of the mother, despite the fact that Italy’s abortion law – Law 194, passed in 1978 – states that a mother’s psychological and physical health must be protected. But Article 16 of the same law also allows medical personnel to refuse to participate in an abortion on grounds of conscience.

På grund av lagen kunde inte Valentina få sitt foster diagnosticerat förrän i femte månaden. Paret närde förhoppningen om att fostret skulle vara friskt, men det var det inte. Eftersom sjukdomen (som inte nämns vid namn) är så hemsk, beslutade sig Valentina och hennes man för att genomföra en abort. Men hennes gynekolog vägrade att hjälpa henne. Istället hittade Valentina en gynekolog på Sandro Pertini-sjukhuset som hjälpte henne med pappersarbetet. Hon blev inskriven på sjukhuset, fick medicin för att sätta igång en spontan abort och fick veta att det inte skulle vara smärtsamt.

“Instead… It was hell. After fifteen hours of excruciating pain, between spasms of vomiting and moments when I passed out, with my husband always at my side, not knowing what to do, going to the doctors and nurses asking them to help me, to no avail, I gave birth in the hospital toilet. With only Fabrizio by my side.” No one came to help her. “Perhaps because during the period between being admitted to hospital and giving birth, the shifts had changed, and all the doctors on duty then were objectors.” While she was in agony, a group of anti-abortion activists came in, “carrying copies of the gospel and making threatening comments.”

[…]
Valentina was caught between two laws: one which denied her the right to assisted conception, leaving her with no option but an abortion, and another which allowed medical personnel the right to refuse to go to the aid of a suffering patient having an abortion. 70% of Italian medical personnel are “objectors”, and in the Lazio region – capital, Rome – that rises to 90%, making it very unlikely that Valentina’s experience is an isolated case.
Are 90% of Lazio’s doctors and nurses really fervent Catholics? Or for some is claiming the right to “freedom of conscience” simply the path of least resistance to a successful career? Exactly what kind of conscience allows doctors and nurses to leave a woman in agony on a bathroom floor as she loses the baby she has longed for for years?

”Samvetsklausul” är fel namn på den här sortens medveten underlåtenhet.

Tack till Daniel Melin för artikeltips.

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Kommentar från Kristian Grönqvist
Tid: 15 mars 2014, 11:47

En samvetsklausul är i princip detsamma som att lämna människor åt spökplumpars godtycke. Och det kan intelligenta relativister tänka sig stödja…?

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