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Protecting the Careers of Medical Professionals Who
Believe in the Hippocratic Oath
- Wesley J. Smith*
| . . . Opposition to protecting the right of conscience has
suddenly grown so intense that it is easy to foresee
physicians, nurses, and pharmacists who hold to the orthodox
understanding of the Hippocratic Oath being forced out of
medicine altogether . . .
- Michael A. Fragoso*
| . . . conscience itself is not a moral or religious
belief; it is a rational faculty that allows us to apply our religious or
moral beliefs. If professional organizations and governments wish to force
physicians to violate their own consciences, they are not forcing them to
violate their religious tenets or moral beliefs, but rather their very moral
compasses implicit in their rationality. . .
Conscientious Objection as
a 'Crime Against Humanity'
- Sean Murphy*
| . . .Readers of Canadian Health Law and
Policy are to be persuaded that a health care worker who declines, for
reasons of conscience, to direct a patient to the morning after pill or
abortion commits the offence of “forced pregnancy.” . . . if . . . not actually a crime against humanity
analogous to torture, . . . at least a gross violation of human rights that
ought to be prosecuted by human rights commissions. . .
Western Defense of Conscience:
Interview With Law Professor Rafael Navarro-Valls
- Zenit | The right to conscientious
objection -- in areas ranging from health care to education
-- is one of the most important legal battles being fought
in the West, according to a law professor and author on the
subject. . .
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