Whenever the exercise of conscientious objection results in delays, increased burdens for women
and girls, or no access at all, it should no longer be accepted as conscientious objection but
defined as an unjustified denial of health services. In order to maintain the exercise of
conscientious objection in compliance with the principles of ethical issues in obstetrics, and
gynaecology bioethics, where safe abortion is concerned all necessary adjustments must be made
to ensure that the abortion is provided in a timely fashion and with high standards of quality. All
those invoking conscientious objection are responsible for such arrangements in advance.