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Bioethics Seminar: Challenging the role of conscientious objection in medicine

Conscience plays an important role in medicine. Health providers have the right to freedom of thought and should have significant scope to act according to their conscience in their work. But we should not extend this freedom to the legal right to refuse, with impunity, to provide care that constitutes standard practice.

I will present a number of cases of potential conscientious objection to help refine a definition, ensure consistency, and avoid discrimination.

I argue that on balance the harm to patients outweighs the harm to objectors of having to comply with standard practice.   Presenter: Angela Ballantyne

Date Monday, 25 September 2017
Time 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Audience Public,All University
Event Category Health Sciences
Event Type Open Seminar
DepartmentBioethics Centre
LocationBioethics Seminar Room, Level one, 71 Frederick Street (entry on Frederick Street). Also video-linked to Christchurch and Wellington campus.
Contact NameBioethics Centre
Contact Phone64 3 471 6120

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