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 people of all political and social beliefs were generally able to get along. That consensus has been shattered. …

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Win for conscientious objection in Norway

Doctor vindicated By Michael Cook Norway’s Supreme Court has ruled  in favour of conscientious objection and freedom of conscience for doctors. The Court found that Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz acted within her rights when refusing to insert IUDs because of moral objections. The Court told government health authorities to respect the right to conscientious objection for …

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Big Victory for Medical Conscience in Norway

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D. As the bioethics movement’s most prominent members write stridently in favor of stripping medical professionals of conscience rights in the world’s most respected medical journals, as the New York Times shrieks in horror at the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will emphasize enforcement of existing legal protections of conscience, and …

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Doctor wins landmark pro-life conscience rights case in Norway

By Dorothy Cummings McLean OSLO, Norway, October 15, 2018 – The Norwegian Supreme Court has made history by upholding a Polish physician’s right not to dispense abortion-inducing devices. The court set a new precedent for freedom of conscience for doctors in the northern country on October 11 when it decreed that Dr. Katarzyna Jachimowicz had …

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Supreme Court of Norway tells health authorities to respect right of conscientious objection for medical professionals in their employment

By Dave Andrusko Last November we reposted a story from the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children which announced that Katarzyna Jachimowicz, an experienced Polish Catholic physician who had moved to Norway in response to a shortage of physicians, had won the nation’s first legal victory for freedom of conscience. Dr. Jachimowicz had been …

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EPC urges Ontario Government to protect Conscience Rights for health professionals

Editor’s note. This article was published by the Catholic Register on July 31 and reposted at the website of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (EPC). A petition demanding conscience rights for doctors who oppose assisted suicide is the first move in a multi-pronged strategy to persuade Ontario’s new government to enshrine such rights in law. By the …

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In Defense of Medical Conscience Rights

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared at Plough Magazine. Dr. Mark Hobart, a Catholic physician in Melbourne, Australia, is opposed to abortion. Not only is it contrary to his religion, but he believes it is the immoral taking of a human life. That was his business – …

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“Ethicist” says that conscientious objection to abortion should be banned because it might be “murder”

By Jonathon Van Maren Back in July, I noted that abortion activists in Latin America have become increasingly frustrated with the fact that even where abortion is legalized, very few doctors are willing to carry out the procedure. They want abortions, but many medical professionals are unwilling to violate their religious convictions (as well as …

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EPC urges Ontario Government to protect Conscience Rights for health professionals

Editor’s note. This article was published by the Catholic Register on July 31 and reposted at the blog of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition. A petition demanding conscience rights for doctors who oppose assisted suicide is the first move in a multi-pronged strategy to persuade Ontario’s new government to enshrine such rights in law. By the …

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Wesley Smith warns NRLC 2018 about campaign to force pro-lifers out of medicine

By Dave Andrusko After listening to pro-life bioethicist Wesley J. Smith at Saturday’s open general session of NRLC 2018, you came away fully aware that the title—“Will pro-life doctors and nurses be driven out of Medicine?”—accurately conveys the hoped for objective of anti-life forces. Protecting the right of conscience was a prominent theme of the …

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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 state of Hawaii for forcing pregnancy centers and pro-life doctors to advertise for the abortion industry. The federal …

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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 code of conduct—epitomized by the Hippocratic Oath’s venerable injunction, “do no harm.” Times have changed. The old hierarchies …

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