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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The shut-up-or-leave approach to conscientious objection in healthcare issues is widely accepted in Sweden.
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.
Instead, it has used more subtle tactics, such as inducing doctors and other medical staff to claim conscientious objection, harassing women in hospitals--especially during therapeutic abortions--and lobbying for a heavy fine for women who have a clandestine abortion.
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.
(1.) Abuse of conscientious objection in Poland: short summary of Doctor Chazan case.
Typically, the term conscientious objection is used to describe an individual's objection to being conscripted into the military (Cohen, 1968; Harries-Jenkins, 1993; Schinkel, 2007), but the term has also been used in different ways.
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. You will be handed over to the military authorities."
Druze youth likely headed to prison for conscientious objection Omar Sa'ad reported to Israeli army induction base and announced his refusal to enlist.
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." Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition told Life Site News (22 August 2013) that "the resolutions actually tell us that doctors were not willing to change the position of the CMA, and I think that's good." CMA's existing policy (2007) states that "Canadian physicians should not participate in euthanasia or assisted suicide."