Knowledge Hub

With the aim of supporting and providing resources to reproductive health advocates across the globe, Global Doctors for Choice has gathered resources related to advocacy for comprehensive reproductive health and rights, including abortion, and thus to improve access to reproductive healthcare.  Please note that this is not a comprehensive list.  We will continue to gather and add resources, and invite you to contact us to suggest resources.

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Termination of pregnancy as emergency obstetric care: the interpretation of Catholic health policy and the consequences for pregnant women

Date: May 2014 Resource Type: Publications Topic: Conscientious Objection, Health Exception,
The author Marge Berer analyzes the death of Savita Halappanavar in Ireland and similar cases and examines “whether and when to terminate a non-viable pregnancy if the woman’s health and

“Conscientious objection” kills women

Date: June 2017 Resource Type: Publications Topic: Clinical Protocols,
The authors Joyce Arthur and Christian Fiala assert that conscientious objection kills women, including Valentina Milluzzo in Italy and Savita Halappanavar in Ireland.

International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics Volume 123 Issue Supplement S3

Date: December 2013 Resource Type: Publications Topic: Conscientious Objection,
This webpage provides links to all the conscientious objection articles published in this issue of the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics.

Legal and ethical standards for protecting women’s human rights and the practice of conscientious objection in reproductive healthcare settings.

Date: December 2013 Resource Type: Publications Topic: Conscientious Objection,
The author Christina Zampas explores the international ethical, health, and human rights standards, including FIGO’s ethical standards, that attempt to “harmoniz(e) the practice of conscientious objection with women’s right to

Good Catholics Can Use Contraception

Date: July 2011 Resource Type: Publications Topic: Conscientious Objection,
The author Jon O’Brien of Catholics for Choice discusses conscientious objection in relation to sexuality, sex, contraception, and abortion in the framework of the Catholic religion.

Doctoring Conscience

Date: August 2016 Resource Type: GDC Resources Topic: Conscientious Objection,
The author GDC Executive Director Dick van der Tak states that “as human rights defenders, providers should be protected and aided by their governments in the promotion of fundamental reproductive

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

Date: December 2014 Resource Type: Publications Topic: Conscientious Objection,
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

The scope and limits of conscientious objection

Date: November 2000 Resource Type: Publications Topic: Conscientious Objection,
The authors Bernard M. Dickens and Rebecca .J. Cook acknowledge the principles of religious freedom and identify the associated limits to observing religious freedom in health service provision.

The Growing Abuse of Conscientious Objection

Date: May 2006 Resource Type: Publications Topic: Conscientious Objection,
The authors Rebecca J. Cook and Bernard M. Dickens argues that “physicians who abuse the right to conscientious objection and fail to refer patients to nonobjecting colleagues are not fulfilling

Obstetrician–Gynecologists’ Objections to and Willingness to Help Patients Obtain an Abortion

Date: October 2011 Resource Type: Publications Topic: Conscientious Objection,
This research by Lisa Harris, et. al., surveyed OB/GYNs in the U.S. to assess conscientious objection for seven scenarios. They concluded that “most ob-gyns help patients obtain an abortion even