Free to Do No Harm: Conscience Protections for Healthcare Professionals

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Kevin H. Theriot & Ken Connelly

The right to conscience of medical practitioners and related healthcare professionals has come under increasing attack in recent years. Examples abound of individuals and institutions being compelled to act against their will and their beliefs. Yet despite this unfortunate reality, it is difficult to conceive of a scenario in which the right to conscience for medical practitioners should not prevail in a conflict with some other claimed imperative, especially given its historical and philosophical pedigree.

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