conscientious objection

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conscientious objector

n. Abbr. CO
One who on the basis of religious or moral principles refuses to bear arms or participate in military service.

conscientious objection n.

conscien′tious objec′tion

refusal on moral or religious grounds to bear arms in a military conflict or to serve in the armed forces.
conscien′tious objec′tor, n.
References in classic literature ?
He would not, however, yield immediately to the young man's request, but made a few conscientious objections.
Of the millions called up, some 16,000 claimed the new right to conscientious objection - so many that the government didn't know what to do with them.
to participate in any treatment authorised by this Act to which he has a conscientious objection.
This has now severely restricted the legal protection of conscientious objection, which in Section 4 (1) of the Abortion Act 1967 says: "No person shall be under any duty to participate in any treatment authorised by this Act to which he has a conscientious objection.
Pope Francis called his audience to make "choices that are courageous and go against the current, which in particular circumstances, may become points of conscientious objection.
Court of Session judges ruled that the right of conscientious objection "extends not only to the actual medical or surgical termination but to the whole process of treatment given for that purpose".
Tegiye Birey, a member of the Initiative for Conscientious Objection in Cyprus, said that it was discussed in the so-called parliament whether they would change the military law, and acknowledge the right to conscientious objection, but it was voted down.
Women express a need for secrecy out of fear of a social aftermath, while healthcare practitioners can be influenced by their right to conscientious objection to being designated as an abortion service provider and the covert peer social sanctions experienced by those who do choose to provide these services.
The Abortion Act of 1967 states that no one with a conscientious objection can be obliged to participate in abortion procedures.
The national Ombudsperson recommended that Polish provisions on conscientious objection be amended, so that doctors claiming conscientious objection can no longer deny women their rights.
A chapter that is notably not vague is the one on peace--it treats the problem with great urgency and flatly supports conscientious objection.
In truth, the deviancy spoken about in the above was conscientious objection to World War I (W.