David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Ezio Di Nucci
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 29 (1):75 – 91 (2004)
Patients sometimes request procedures their doctors find morally objectionable. Do doctors have a right of conscientious refusal? I argue that conscientious refusal is justified only if the doctor's refusal does not make the patient worse off than she would have been had she gone to another doctor in the first place. From this approach I derive conclusions about the duty to refer and facilitate transfer, whether doctors may provide 'moral counseling,' whether doctors are obligated to provide objectionable procedures when no other doctor is available, why the moral consensus among doctors seems relevant even though it does not determine whether something is morally acceptable, and whether doctors should stay out of fields whose standard procedures they find morally unacceptable.
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Ryan E. Lawrence & Farr A. Curlin (2007). Clash of Definitions: Controversies About Conscience in Medicine. American Journal of Bioethics 7 (12):10 – 14.
J. K. Davis (2008). Futility, Conscientious Refusal, and Who Gets to Decide. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 33 (4):356-373.
Jerome R. Wernow & Chris Gastmans (2010). A Review and Taxonomy of Argument-Based Ethics Literature Regarding Conscientious Objections to End-of-Life Procedures. Christian Bioethics 16 (3):274-295.
Patrick Clipsham (2013). Comparing Policies on Conscientious Refusals: A Feminist Perspective. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 6 (1):159-165.
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