conscientious objection


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conscientious objection

 [kon″she-en´shus]
an appeal to conscience in refusing to do, or seeking exemption from, acts that threaten a person's sense of integrity. Patients as well as physicians and nurses may appeal to conscience in refusing treatment or procedures. Called also conscientious refusal.
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Notwithstanding the discussion of the multitude of conscientious objector definitions above, when fleshing out the argument that homeschooling is an act of conscientious objection to conventional public education, the definition of conscientious objectors as purely connected to military conscription will be used.
The tribunal has recognised my conscientious objections by giving me substitution labour.
There are conscientious objection clauses in the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (section 174) and the Contraception, Sterilisation and Abortion Act (section 32), but no guidelines about how to apply them in nursing practice.
Some may also feel that she overstates the importance of allowing conscientious objection by defining the term too broadly.
Knowledge and understanding around the 1996 CTOP Act, including conscientious objection, need to be strengthened.
I have written about the matter of conscientious objection in the past, but this poem, written only a couple of years ago, probably arose out of my work in the William Stafford Archives in Portland, Oregon.
The Human Rights Committee, an expert body established to oversee implementation of the Covenant, has expressed its opinion that conscientious objection to military service is a legitimate exercise of the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.
However, such conceptions of conscience are not helpful to nurses who are often faced with decisions having serious moral implications, may contribute to nurses' moral distress, and may confound efforts by society to formulate a coherent and morally defensible policy on conscientious objection by health care professionals.
As defined by current military policy, conscientious objection is "a firm, fixed, and sincere objection to participation in war in any form or the bearing of arms, by reason of religious training and/or belief.
Against the Draft: Essays on Conscientious Objection from the Radical Reformation to the Second World War, by Peter Brock.
Like many other Shministim, Vardi's conscientious objection is also rooted in a wider pacifist position, which explains why she refused to wear a military uniform once imprisoned.
The conscientious objection exemption to involuntary military service is an important tradition in the United States, but the governing military regulations have resulted in judicial interpretation that has expanded it far beyond its original scope.