Protection of Conscience Project
Protection of Conscience Project
Service, not Servitude

Service, not Servitude

Freedom of conscience in health care

The Protection of Conscience Project supports health care workers who want to provide the best care  for their patients without violating their own personal and professional integrity.  It is a non-denominational, non-profit initiative supported by an Advisory Board and team

Welcome to our website.

Use the Project website and blog to research issues and find resources to support freedom of conscience in health care.

For Students

For Students

Who did I think I was, he told me?  . . . I snapped to attention at his parting words: "I could fail you for this!" Med School 101
Complainant Worksheet

Complainant Worksheet

A document that helps conscientious practitioners gather and organize material needed to file grievances, human rights complaints or civil suits.
Making Notes

Making Notes

  • Making notes of adverse encounters.
  • Audio recording, notebook structure, how and what to record, correcting errors, recapitulation, narrative expansion.
  • What You Can Do

    What You Can Do

    Undertake protection of conscience initiatives in your own institution, region or country.
    News and Blog
    Sat, 21 Sep 2019 02:37:51 +0000
    Maine, assisted suicide, and freedom of conscience
    Accommodation of objecting physicians convoluted and unsatisfactory Sean Murphy* Introduction Maine’s Death with Dignity Act1 was signed by the state governor on 12 June, 2019,2 to take effect on 18 September.  By the last week in August, physicians in the state were deeply divided and significant institutional health care providers were expected to opt out.3 … Continue reading "Maine, assisted suicide, and freedom of conscience"
    Sat, 21 Sep 2019 02:33:27 +0000
    New Jersey assisted suicide law and freedom of conscience
    Lack of clarity on referral  is unsatisfactory Sean Murphy* Overview New Jersey’s Medical Aid in Dying for the Terminally Ill Act1 came into effect on 1 August, 2019.2 The Act permits physician assisted suicide for any resident of New Jersey who is 18 years of age or over, who can make and communicate informed health … Continue reading "New Jersey assisted suicide law and freedom of conscience"
    Thu, 19 Sep 2019 18:48:01 +0000
    Nova Scotia hospital forced to provide euthanasia, assisted suicide
    State health authority says arrangement preserves Catholic identity Sean Murphy* St. Martha’s Regional Hospital in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, will begin providing euthanasia and assisted suicide (EAS). The hospital had refused to provide the services because they were considered to be contrary to the Catholic identity of the hospital. The change of policy appears to have … Continue reading "Nova Scotia hospital forced to provide euthanasia, assisted suicide"
    Wed, 18 Sep 2019 23:43:57 +0000
    Assisted-death lawsuit adjourned, government evidence widens eligibility: lawyer
    More Canadians eligible for assisted death: lawyer The Chronicle Journal Laura Kane VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and a woman with a degenerative illness have adjourned their lawsuit challenging the federal assisted-dying law after they say government evidence expanded eligibility for the procedure. The law says that only people who have a … Continue reading "Assisted-death lawsuit adjourned, government evidence widens eligibility: lawyer"
    Wed, 18 Sep 2019 21:31:02 +0000
    Court reinstates lawsuit against Catholic hospital for refusing transgender patient’s surgery
    Los Angeles Times Michael Hiltzik Stating that California’s interest in fighting discrimination against LGBTQ residents outweighs the right to impose religious standards on healthcare, an appeals court has reinstated a lawsuit against the Catholic Dignity Health hospital chain for barring a hysterectomy for a transgender patient. The lawsuit was brought by Evan Minton, whose hysterectomy … Continue reading "Court reinstates lawsuit against Catholic hospital for refusing transgender patient’s surgery"