Protecting positive claims of conscience for employees of religious institutions threatens religious liberty

Christopher O. Tollefsen

Virtual Mentor. 2013 Mar  1;15(3):236-9. doi: 10.1001/virtualmentor.2013.15.3.pfor2-303. PubMed PMID:  23472814.

An important good for doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals could be described as that of “professional freedom.” This is the good of being able to bring one’s professional medical knowledge and one’s commitments to the norms and values of the medical profession to bear on one’s professional judgments and actions. This is, after all, one of the important aspects of being in a profession: professionals are not merely technicians performing the same routine tasks over and over, nor are they functionaries, blindly carrying out orders from above with little or no discretion on their part.[Full Text]

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