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The debate about positive and negative claims of conscience is, in large part, about ethical consistency. In this commentary I argue that there can be differences between conscientious provision of treatment and conscientious nonprovision of treatment that are ethically relevant. However, in many cases, including those described in this commentary, there is not sufficient ethical reason to treat them differently. This means that asymmetrical conscientious objection policies are potentially unjustified.

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Clin Ethics

Publication Date

2020

Volume

31

Pages

143 - 145

Keywords

Conscience, Humans, Morals, Refusal to Treat