Abortion: Register of Pro-Life Doctors

In 1990 there was an attempt to require a public register of doctors who held pro-life views.

The overwhelming effect of a register of pro-life doctors would have been to limit, if not destroy, the employment and promotion prospects of those pro-life doctors. Given that a pro-life position is often caused by having a strong religious faith, the requirement would in fact have been a serious infringement of religious liberties.

1 Timothy 2:1- 4 urges Christians to pray “for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.”

A legal requirement which stigmatised Christian medical professionals would be a serious restriction on their ability to live out their Christian calling. Either Christians would be forced to compromise their beliefs, or else they would likely be denied the opportunity to serve Christ in the medical profession for holding fast to their pro-life views.