The Right Of Conscience. Definition Healthcare Right of Conscience. The freedom to practice healthcare in accordance with your deeply held religious, moral or ethical convictions. Martin Luther King. On some positions cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?'
The Right Of Conscience
The freedom to practice healthcare in accordance with your deeply held religious, moral or ethical convictions.
On some positions cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?'
Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?'
Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?'
But conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?'
And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular. But ... because it is right.
The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
Hippocratic Oath, 429 BC
Bill of Rights, First Amendment
The physician should be free to make clinical and ethical judgments without inappropriate outside interference.
Planned Parenthood Website
New policy issued in January 2008: certification contingent on compliance with ACOG ethical principles.
The combination of ACOG Ethics Committee Number 385 and the ABOG 2011 Bulletin for Basic Certification makes for a toxic environment for healthcare providers.
September 2008 CMDA commissioned the polling company TM, Inc.to conduct a nationwide telephone poll
If we don’t protect personal integrity, we would go down a dangerous avenue. By taking a professional license you do not step out of your personal morality. You have taken on an additional responsibility, but that does not mean you have given up your integrity as a person.
Linda Rankin, Bioethicist, U of TN
Christian Science Monitor, 4/26/04
Limited to federally funded programs.
No enforcement provisions.
*(Claims of conscience rights can be abused)
What will convince them? This, and this only: cease to call slavery (abortion) wrong, and join them in calling it right. And this must be done thoroughly - done in acts as well as in words. Silence will not be tolerated - we must place ourselves avowedly with them…..The whole atmosphere must be disinfected from all taint of opposition to slavery (abortion), before they will cease to believe that all their troubles proceed from us."
Why This Assault on Conscience?
Cooper Union address of 1860
The extent to which an institution seeks to expunge individual conscience and moral autonomy is the extent to which it is totalitarian and dangerous. The idea that I resign my conscience to the institution or to the state is perhaps the single most pernicious notion in human history. It is at the heart of the wars and genocides of this century and the last.
Los Angeles Times