18 nov. 2012

Suing State for the right of a doctor to refuse making abortion is declared admissible by the European Social Rights Committee, IPPF EN v Italy, 87/2012

The International Planned Parenthood Federation – European Network sued Italy before the European Social Rights Committee for violation of Articles 11 (right to health) and E (non-discrimination) of the European Social Charter due to the existing in Italy right of a doctor to refuse making abortion for the reasons of consciousness.

The Italian Government argued that the State couldn’t limit the number of medical personnel on the ground of their beliefs (§ 7). The Committee dismissed this argument as relating to merits, and declared the action admissible (§ 8).

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