Conscientious Objection in Medicine

Document Type

Grant Proposal

Date Accepted

Summer 2013

Project Description/Abstract

My project was writing a paper examining the limits of freedom of conscience in clinical practices, focusing on religious considerations in the context of reproductive health. Over the summer I developed my draft as planned - reviewing previous work on the issue, discussing the necessary justifications for conscientious objection, and drafting my position arguing for certain limitations on religious objections. This fall while on maternity leave I regrettably missed a conference deadline. Currently I am working to complete the paper and submit it for publication. This will go beyond the original plan, since the fall issue of the journal Bioethics was dedicated to this very topic, raising issues I wish to address in my paper. In particular, one paper takes up religious objections directly, sharing some assumptions with me but reaching different conclusions, and I would like to incorporate a critique of it in my paper.

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