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Is conscientious objection incompatible with healthcare professionalism?

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E-pub ahead of print
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>12/08/2019
<mark>Journal</mark>The New Bioethics
Number of pages15
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print
Early online date12/08/19
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Is conscientious objection (CO) necessarily incompatible with the role and duties
of a healthcare professional? An influentialminority of writers on the subject think that it is. Here, we outline the positive case for accommodating CO and examine one particular type of incompatibility claim, namely that CO is fundamentally incompatible with proper healthcare professionalism because the attitude of the conscientious objector exists in opposition to the disposition (attitudes and underlying character) that we should expect from a ‘good’ healthcare professional. We ask first whether this claim is true in principle: what is the disposition of a ‘good’ healthcare professional, and how does CO align with or contradict it?
Then, we consider practical compatibility, acknowledging the need to identify
appropriate limits on the exercise of CO and considering what those limits
might be. We conclude that CO is notfundamentally incompatible – either in principle or in practice – with good healthcare professionalism.

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This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in The New Bioethics on 12/08/2019, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/20502877.2019.1651935