I wouldn’t say that I am on the side of the nurses here:
Two nurses denied midwife jobs as midwives for refusing to carry out abortions have lost their legal bid to take Sweden to a top European court for violating their religious beliefs.
Ellinor Grimmark and Linda Steen had told the European court of human rights (ECHR) that being denied employment due to their beliefs against abortion was an illegal breach of their rights to freedom of religion and conscience.
Applying to do a job where you’re not prepared to do part of the jobs doesn’t sound like much of a case to me. The UK system, so far as I know at least, does guarantee that right to to take part. That’s also fair enough – the requirements of the job are known upfront, take it or not.
However, this looks like a very dangerous opinion:
“It is not a human right for nursing staff to refuse to provide care,” said Hans Linde of the Swedish non-profit sex education organisation RFSU.
Yes it is. It’s entirely a human right to withdraw your labor. Especially over moral concerns. We even agree tat soldiers can – should – rightfully mutiny over illegitimate orders.
That people who don’t want to perform abortions not take jobs where they might have to seems a reasonable enough bit of the system. But demanding that people must provide labour services on demand? Didn’t we do away with that a couple of centuries back?