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
    Thu, 26 Sep 2019 06:28:30 +0000
    Medical conscience for me, but not for thee
    Promoting a one-way conscience right favouring the medical intelligentsia National Review Wesley J. Smith* The New York Times has published an opinion column by cardiologist Sandeep Jauhar that decries the Trump administration’s increased enforcement of medical conscience. But he actually promotes a one-way conscience right that favors protecting the predominate ideological views of the medical … Continue reading "Medical conscience for me, but not for thee"
    Tue, 24 Sep 2019 18:48:01 +0000
    Nova Scotia hospital forced to provide euthanasia, assisted suicide
    Services to be provided in attached building Arrangement said to preserve 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 … Continue reading "Nova Scotia hospital forced to provide euthanasia, assisted suicide"
    Tue, 24 Sep 2019 06:59:41 +0000
    Pope Francis on conscientious objection by health care practitioners
    La Croix misrepresents papal statement Sean Murphy* An article in La Croix International, “Pope reminds health workers to put patients first” includes a subtitle, “Conscientious objectors told that human dignity demands exceptions sometimes be made.” (La Croix International, 20 May, 2019) The subtitle reflects speculation by critics unidentified by the article’s anonymous author(s) that the … Continue reading "Pope Francis on conscientious objection by health care practitioners"
    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"