Mandating Disclosure of Conscience-Based Limitations on Medical Practice

American Journal of Law & Medicine March 2016 vol. 42 no. 1 85-128
Author: Nadia N. Sawicki
“Stakeholders in law, medicine, and religion are unable to reach consensus about how best to address conflicts between healthcare providers’ conscientious objections to treatment and patients’ rights to access medical care. Conscience laws that protect objecting providers and institutions from liability are criticized as too broad by patient advocates and as too narrow by defenders of religious freedom. This article posits that some of the tension between these stakeholders could be mitigated by statutory recognition of a duty on the part of healthcare institutions or providers to disclose conscientiously motivated limitations on practice.”
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