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Service, not Servitude

"Conscience Clauses"

Responding to a divided ethic in health care

From Is the Wall Against Human Cloning About to Fall?
The Discovery Institute
McNaughton Fellows Lecture Series
27 October, 2010
Reproduced with permission

Wesley J. Smith*

Wesley J. Smith and Dr. Theresa Deisher presented twinned lectures in Seattle, Washington, on 27 October, 2010 [Full Video]

Mr. Smith's presentation was about 40 minutes long. In the first part of his talk he reviewed a number of controversial developments in technology and health care and explained the connection between the concept of dignity, human exceptionalism and human rights.

What follows is the last 18 minutes of the lecture. Beginning with his observation that assisted suicide is legal in Washington State, he explains the consequences of this for pharmacists, and goes on to discuss the need for protection of conscience laws. The title of this part of the lecture has been supplied by the Project.




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