Freedom of conscience advocated for non-objecting health care workers

Elizabeth Sepper of Washington University in St. Louis is among those now claiming that protection of conscience laws and policies are neglecting those who provide morally contentious services despite opposition from employers or other authorities.  The forthcoming issue of the Virginia Law Review will include a paper by Sepper, “Taking Conscience Seriously,” that makes this argument. Last month, the New England Journal of Medicine published a column by an abortion provider taking the same position (see Physicians who provide abortion, assisted suicide need conscience protection.) Of particular note, citing Catholic hospitals and contraception, she asserts that individual health care workers at denominational hospitals may be denied freedom of conscience by their employers.  [ScienceDaily]

 

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