Protection of Conscience Project
Protection of Conscience Project
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Service, not Servitude

Service, not Servitude

Project Model Statutes

Introduction

Readers will find various approaches to drafting of protection of  conscience legislation under existing and proposed protection of conscience laws. Here the Project offers models of three different kinds of protection of  conscience legislation. 

Model of a procedure-specific protection of conscience law

Procedure-specific legislation offers protection in relation to specific procedures or services that are acknowledged to be morally controversial, such as abortion or euthanasia.  Procedure-specific legislation may be more politically viable, but it is inflexible (unresponsive to new technological developments generating ethical conflicts) and narrow (applying only to the specified procedures).[Procedure-Specific Model Statute]

Model of a hybrid protection of conscience law

Hybrid protection of conscience legislation offers protection in relation to certain classes of procedures, services or activities that are acknowledged to be morally controversial.  It may attract less opposition than a general law, but more than a procedure-specific law. [Hybrid Model Statute]

Model of a general protection of conscience law

General protection of conscience legislation offers protection in relation to all procedures or services to which health care personnel might object for reasons of conscience, without specifying them.  It provides the broadest and most flexible protection. [General Model Statute]