Consequences for patients of health care professionals' conscientious actions: the ban on abortions in South Australia.

@article{Cannold1994ConsequencesFP,
  title={Consequences for patients of health care professionals' conscientious actions: the ban on abortions in South Australia.},
  author={L. Cannold},
  journal={Journal of Medical Ethics},
  year={1994},
  volume={20},
  pages={80 - 86}
}
  • L. Cannold
  • Published 1994
  • Medicine
  • Journal of Medical Ethics
The legitimacy of the refusal of South Australian nurses to care for second trimester abortion patients on grounds of conscience is examined as a test case for a theory of permissible limits on the autonomy of health care professionals. In cases of health care professional (HCP) conscientious refusal, it is argued that a balance be struck between the HCPs' claims to autonomous action and the consequences to them of having their autonomous action restricted, and the entitlement of patients to… Expand

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