While there was an uproar in the United States and a successful court challenge to President Obama’s plans to require people to pay into a fund for abortions, in Sweden officials have carried the mandate much further, according to the complaint submitted by the European Center for Law and Justice.
Director Gregor Puppinck wrote to Heiner Bielefeldt, special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, at the office of the high commission on human rights at the U.N.
The victims are represented by several named midwives, doctors and pediatricians, he explained.
While “the right to conscientious objection in relation to abortion is largely recognized in European and international human rights law,” there is no such accommodation in Sweden, he said.
The letter cited the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, which ruled: “No person, hospital or institution shall be coerced, held liable or discriminated against in any manner because of a refusal to perform, accommodate, assist or submit to an abortion, the performance of a human miscarriage, or euthanasia or any act which could cause the death of a human fetus or embryo, for any reasons.”