Comparing Policies on Conscientious Refusals: A Feminist Perspective
- IJFAB: International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
- Indiana University Press
- Volume 6, Number 1, Spring 2013
- pp. 159-165
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Many professional associations have policies explaining when it is or is not acceptable for health-care professionals to refuse to participate in the administration of certain interventions on grounds of conscience. In both Canada and the United States, nursing associations tend to have much more detailed, permissive policies than medical associations. There are reasons to think that this distinction is not justifiable, and I argue that some specific North American medical associations should endorse policies regarding conscientious refusals that are modeled on those endorsed by nursing associations and the United Kingdom's General Medical Council.