So, even as the Church collected political victories in the form of individual state conscience clauses
, the CHA and the USCCB remained focused on a move designed to protect them in court: revision of the Directives, by now a chronic source of frustration for hospital administrators.
In recent years, conscience clauses
Threats to conscience clauses
for pro-life doctors and nurses.
I will now explore one area where federal and state legislatures have interposed themselves with full force in medicine's moral dilemmas: what is often called conscience legislation (or "conscience clauses
, which allow pharmacists to opt out of providing the morning after pill without a prescription, risk unwanted pregnancies and undermine the principle of universal healthcare in the NHS, pharmacists have claimed.
For years, feminists have been warning that, underneath all the attacks on women's reproductive rights--the multiplying restrictions on abortion, the attempts to defund Planned Parenthood's health services, the "conscience clauses
" that let pharmacists choose which pills they'll dispense--lies a determined opposition to contraception and to women's independence generally.
permit a section of the populace to opt out from the application of a law that would ordinarily have universal application.
Likewise, the current legislative conscience clauses
provide very few meaningful mechanisms for ascertaining compliance, and little meaningful mechanisms even for institutional private enforcement of the promises of conscience rights protection.
The latest battle in the abortion wars seems to be shaping up around the matter of "conscience clauses
" intended to protect health care workers who refuse to participate in certain procedures such as abortions or sterilizations because of personal or religious convictions.
I have a few questions about the reasoning in the editorial on the topic of conscience clauses
Matt Blunt's statement that he vowed to "support improved conscience clauses
for health professionals."
Sometimes referred to as "conscience clauses
," refusal clauses were first enacted in response to the U.S.