So while conscience clauses
with safeguards may seem reasonable, two problems can arise.
Prior to Roe, as various states adopted conscience clauses
when revising laws on abortion, Catholic leadership operated under the assumption that nonprofit charitable corporations like hospitals belonged to the community, at least in part, and would be compelled to provide care, even when doing so would run counter to standing policy.
In recent years, conscience clauses
Threats to conscience clauses
for pro-life doctors and nurses.
Under all but a few conscience clauses
, care may be refused even in emergency situations.
, 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.
permit a section of the populace to opt out from the application of a law that would ordinarily have universal application.
It is not yet clear whether conscience clauses
are an employee's legal right.
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.
I have a few questions about the reasoning in the editorial on the topic of conscience clauses
It's true that some state conscience clauses
make clear that health care providers' refusals are not protected when they identify the conflict during certain emergency situations--like public health emergencies or in the middle of patient care when no other provider is available.
Matt Blunt's statement that he vowed to "support improved conscience clauses
for health professionals.