Conscience

DOJ: Government Can Force Doctors to Violate Religion

A doctor can be forced to violate her religious beliefs in the operation of her practice, according to the Obama Dept. of Justice. Attention must be paid. This is a step beyond the radical DOJ argument made previously in the Free Birth Control Rule cases, e.g., that business owners do not have freedom of religion […]

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Can Muslim Doctors Refuse to Treat the Opposite Sex?

Do medical professionals have a right not to perform services with which they disagree morally? If so, is that right absolute? If not, what are the parameters and what criteria should we utilize in deciding the question? Usually, the rights of medical conscience arise in the context of physicians not wanting to participate or be […]

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Docs Forced to do Sex Change Surgeries?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC There is tremendous pressure being placed on doctors and other medical professionals to eschew their own moral consciences in the provision of medical services — as distinguished from treatments. Now, in the UK, doctors who refuse to perform gender reassignment surgeries and prescribe contraception for […]

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Medical Conscience: All Dutch Doctors Must be Complicit in Euthanasia Killing

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I have been fighting the international campaign to legalize and normalize doctor-prescribed/administered death since 1993, and this much I know: Once euthanasia is let in the door, ultimately, enough is never, ever enough. Par exemple: Euthanasia activists often assure that no doctor will be forced […]

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Burying Hippocrates: Doctors Refuse to Treat Obese Women

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I wish I could say I was surprised. After decades of assertions that judgmentalism has no place in medicine, we have recently seen advocacy for a return of such judgmentalism aimed at a different cadre of patients — specifically, the obese and smokers — based […]

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Judging my 2010 Prognostications

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBCIt’s that time of year when the CBC asks me to look back on my annual predictions in the world of bioethics to see how I did. The answer? Quite well. In fact, I think it was my best year ever. Obamacare First, I predicted that […]

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