Conscience and clinical practice: medical ethics in the face of moral controversy.

@article{Curlin2008ConscienceAC,
  title={Conscience and clinical practice: medical ethics in the face of moral controversy.},
  author={Farr A. Curlin},
  journal={Theoretical medicine and bioethics},
  year={2008},
  volume={29 3},
  pages={129-33}
}
Physicians sometimes refuse to provide legally permitted medical services on the grounds that they cannot do so in good conscience. Such conscientious refusals are at least as old as the Hippocratic movement. Yet new events, such as the refusal by health care professionals to prescribe or dispense post-coital (‘‘emergency’’) contraception, have kindled new debates about what physicians are obligated to do when patients request legal medical interventions to which their physicians have moral… CONTINUE READING