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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So paradoxically, as Munthe points out, at the moment the Swedish solution to conscientious objection both supports abortion and blocks euthanasia.
While we understand the importance of respecting religious freedom, we believe that this type of denial of services imposed as a widespread political action contradicts all the elements of conscientious objection.
Several women's networks and doctors' associations have started questioning if it still makes sense to allow conscientious objection for the medical staff who object to abortion and even modern contraception, both allowed by state laws.
When describing decisions issued by ECHR regarding the right of conscientious objection vested in healthcare professionals, it should be emphasised that the Strasbourg authorities decided to limit the said right, where the relation between a given practice and the arguments which justified invoking the conscience clause by an individual did not exist or were significantly weakened.
Although some definitions of conscientious objection specify or imply that conscientious objection must entail a refusal to comply with legal obligations (thus setting the action in the legal/public sphere), other definitions do not (e.
The definition of conscientious objection in health care involves the rejection of some action by a provider, primarily because the action would violate some deeply held moral or ethical value about right and wrong (Odell, Abhyankar, Malcom, & Rua, 2014).
We have taken note of your having a conscientious objection.
At its annual meeting in Calgary, the members of the Canadian Medical Association overwhelmingly passed a motion calling on the organization to "support the right of any physician to exercise conscientious objection when faced with a request for medical aid in dying.
He considers nonviolent resistance by Burmese Buddhist monks, Japanese peace cranes, economic aid to Africa, war tribunals, debt jubilee, the solidarity movement in Poland, Bertrand Russell and Albert Einstein's objections to war, conscientious objection during WWII, and more.
That access can be compromised by conscientious objection, which, in women's sexual and reproductive health services, is most commonly invoked in relation to abortion and contraception.
1) In response to a series of letters to the editor written about our editorial, we wrote that, under the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Code of Ethics (Update 2004) (2) and the CMA Induced Abortion policy (1988), "all physicians are under an obligation to refer"--that is, to make referrals for abortion--and "[the policy] does not allow a right of conscientious objection in relation to referrals.