American College of Physicians acknowledges freedom of conscience

The American College of Physicians has acknowledged that physicians who object to “abortion, sterilization, contraception or other reproductive services . . . is not obligated to recommend, perform or prescribe them.”  The statement is in the most recent edition of the College’s Ethics Manual.  However, an objecting physician is obliged to advise a patient of “care options and alternatives, so that the patient’s rights are not constrained.”  Only if the physician is unwilling to provide this information is a transfer of care required.  [Secondhand Smoke]

 

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