“Dishonourable disobedience” – Why refusal to treat in reproductive healthcare is not conscientious objection

Date: December 2014 Resource Type: Array Publications

The authors Christian Fiala and Joyce Arthur argue that healthcare providers who exercise CO “are using their position of trust and authority to impose their personal beliefs on patients, who are completely dependent on them for essential healthcare. Health systems … that prohibit staff from providing abortion or contraception services are being discriminatory by systematically denying healthcare services to a vulnerable population and disregarding conscience rights for abortion providers.”