Civil disobedience, conscientious objection, and evasive noncompliance: A framework for the analysis and assessment of illegal actions in health care

This essay explores some of the conceptual and moral issues raised by illegal actions in health care. The author first identifies several types of illegal action, concentrating on civil disobedience, conscientious objection or refusal, and evasive noncompliance. Then he sketches a framework for the moral justification of these types of illegal action. Finally, he applies the conceptual and normative frameworks to several major cases of illegal action in health care, such as "mercy killing" and some decisions not to treat incompetent patients. Keywords: illegal actions, mercy killing, non-treatment of incompetent patients, civil disobedience, conscientious objection, evasive non-compliance, moral justification and disobedience, dissent in health care CiteULike Connotea What's this?
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DOI 10.1093/jmp/10.1.63
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Jennifer Welchman (2001). Is Ecosabotage Civil Disobedience? Philosophy and Geography 4 (1):97 – 107.
Jeffrey Blustein (2012). When Doctors Break the Rules. Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics 21 (02):249-259.

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