Category Archives: Conscience Rights

HHS agrees to investigate Hawaii for forcing pregnancy centers, doctors to promote abortion

ADF attorneys filed complaint over violations of federal conscience protections Editor’s note. This update was provided by the Alliance Defending Freedom [ADF] WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has agreed to investigate the

Doctors should be professionals, not order-takers

By Wesley J. Smith There was a day in the not-too-distant past when physicians were respected, even revered, as learned professionals. We understood that doctors followed a “higher calling.” Indeed, physicians were expected to adhere to a

Conscientious Objection and the Duty to Refer

By Nancy Valko When the Trump administration announced a new division of Conscience and Religious Freedom within the Department of Health and Human Services, the pushback from abortion and assisted suicide proponents like Planned Parenthood and Compassion

Hit job on new HHS division formed to protect rights of pro-life medical personnel

By Dave Andrusko Read this headline and subhead, and ask yourself what the average reader’s first thoughts might be–“Trump Appointee Harnesses Civil-Rights Law to Protect Anti-Abortion Health Workers: Effort extends legal protections to those refusing to participate

Opposing Medical Conscience with a Soft Touch

By Wesley J. Smith When the Department of Health and Human Services announced its intention to create a new office to emphasize the protection of medical conscience, the screaming from the usual suspects was so loud one

The “Medical Conscience” Civil Rights Movement

By Wesley J. Smith Until recently, healthcare was not culturally controversial. Medicine was seen as primarily concerned with extending lives, curing diseases, healing injuries, palliating symptoms, birthing babies, and promoting wellness—and hence, as a sphere in which

Bill to ensure conscience rights for medical practitioners reaches Committee Stage in House of Lords

Editor’s note. The following comes from the British group, The Free Conscience Campaign. Baroness O’Loan’s Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) Bill reached the Committee Stage in the House of Lords on March 23. You can watch the closing

Doctors with conscience objections have rights

Heathcare workers should not be forced to do procedures they object to on ethical grounds By David S. Oderberg For most people, the term “conscientious objection” evokes images of Quakers and pacifists registering to avoid military service.

Legal Safeguards, Burdensome Obstacles and Conscience Rights

By Nancy Valko After I wrote last week’s blog “The New Federal Conscience and Religious Freedom Division,” I was surprised by this criticism: “arguing conscience can make doctors (and others) look whiney, as opposed to heroic” and

Court Ruling a Hopeful Sign for Pro-Life Nurses, Docs in Illinois

By Jay Hobbs An Illinois nurse who was muscled out of her job because she wouldn’t participate in abortions is now one step closer to fighting her case before a jury of her peers. Sandra (Mendoza) Rojas

Baroness O’Loan’s Conscientious Objection Bill deserves our full support

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. This is excerpted from a

The War on the Hippocratic Oath

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This is excerpted from an essay that appeared at First Things. I will use treatment to help the sick according to my ability and judgment, but never with a view to