This article analyzes the problem of complicity in wrongdoing in the case of healthcare practitioners (and in particular Roman Catholic ones) who refuse to perform abortions, but who are nonetheless required to facilitate abortions by informing their patients about this option and by referring them to a willing colleague. Although this solution is widely supported in the literature and is also widely represented in much legislation, the argument here is that it fails to both (1) safeguard the well-being of the patients, and (2) protect the moral integrity of healthcare practitioners. Finally, the article proposes a new solution to this problem that is based on a desirable ratio of conscientious objectors to non-conscientious objectors in a hospital or in a given geographic area.

Conscientious objection, complicity in wrongdoing, and a not-so-moderate approach / F. MInerva. - In: CAMBRIDGE QUARTERLY OF HEALTHCARE ETHICS. - ISSN 0963-1801. - 26:1(2017 Jan), pp. 109-119. [10.1017/S0963180116000682]

Conscientious objection, complicity in wrongdoing, and a not-so-moderate approach

F. Minerva
2017

Abstract

This article analyzes the problem of complicity in wrongdoing in the case of healthcare practitioners (and in particular Roman Catholic ones) who refuse to perform abortions, but who are nonetheless required to facilitate abortions by informing their patients about this option and by referring them to a willing colleague. Although this solution is widely supported in the literature and is also widely represented in much legislation, the argument here is that it fails to both (1) safeguard the well-being of the patients, and (2) protect the moral integrity of healthcare practitioners. Finally, the article proposes a new solution to this problem that is based on a desirable ratio of conscientious objectors to non-conscientious objectors in a hospital or in a given geographic area.
abortion; complicity; conscientious objection; cooperation in wrongdoing; abortion, induced; catholicism; female; health personnel; humans; morals; patient safety; personnel staffing and scheduling; pregnancy; referral and consultation; refusal to treat; complicity; conscience
Settore M-FIL/03 - Filosofia Morale
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