Private Right of Inaction: The Decades-Long Struggle To Enforce the Church Amendments

By Sarah L. Betz. 

The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization has reinvigorated debates over the role of conscience in healthcare. Conscience plays a pivotal role in healthcare, as the Hippocratic Oath that physicians take upon graduating medical school instructs them to “do no harm.” Abortion and other controversial medical practices have transformed this instruction to “do no harm” into a policy task fit for a legislator. What one views as “harm” in the context of abortion is largely dependent on that person’s subjective beliefs regarding abortion. Full Article