In recent years, conscience clauses
Threats to conscience clauses
for pro-life doctors and nurses.
Not only is this requirement unenforced in most places, but the physicians who invoke conscience clauses
also object to providing referrals.
, 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.
Pro-life advocates often don't see that the same legal conscience clauses
that permit Catholic hospital staffs not to perform abortions or sterilizations also permit individual staff members to do these procedures elsewhere.
It is not yet clear whether conscience clauses
are an employee's legal right.
There is much confusion and controversy in health care today concerning conscience, conscientious objection, and conscience clauses
as they relate to health care professionals and some of the activities that they may be asked to perform.
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.
For up-to-date information on conscience clauses
check NCSL's Web page at www.