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November 13, 2018
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November 15, 2018

A Physician’s Conscience & Freedom ‘to Choose Whom to Serve'

Date:
Friday, September 14, 2018
Time:
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Location:
Stevenson Hall (STvH)
Room: 1145
Cost:
Free
carolyn mcleod

According to the International Women’s Health Coalition, there is a ‘growing global trend’ of health care professionals conscientiously refusing to provide abortions and other morally controversial reproductive services. In a forthcoming book, I explore just how free health care professionals should be to ‘choose whom to serve’ on grounds of conscience (American Medical Association, Principles of Medical Ethics). In this talk, I will focus on physicians and their freedom to refuse to accept new patients because of their conscientious objections. I will argue that this freedom should be significantly restricted because of the fiduciary relationship that physicians have with the public. This relationship gives rise to a duty of loyalty that physicians can violate when they turn prospective patients away because of the moral nature of the services that the patients seek. 

Host:
Western Philosophy
Contact:
Sarah Murdoch
sdougl29@uwo.ca
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