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Conscientious Objection in Reproductive Health – Ancient Prerogative or Harmful Practice

Citation

Thorp, John M., Jr. (2018). Conscientious Objection in Reproductive Health – Ancient Prerogative or Harmful Practice. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 125(11), 1357-1358.

Abstract

As the ethics of Medicine arose from philosophical seeds of thought around 500 BC, the Oath of Hippocrates called upon individual physician conscience to place patient well-being first and ‘do no harm’.1 In the centuries since, this profound statement of ethics has been embraced and molded by Judaism, Islam, Hinduism and Christianity. It remains pertinent to the vastly different and effective medical practice of the modern world such that many medical schools around the world still incorporate it into the graduation ceremony of future physicians. It places individual clinician conscience at the foundation of ethical decision emphasising that our consciences as physicians are the primary line of defence against patient harm.2 This is most consequential given the power physicians hold over their patient's lives.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1111/1471-0528.15226

Reference Type

Journal Article

Article Type

Commentary

Year Published

2018

Journal Title

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Author(s)

Thorp, John M., Jr.