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Conflicts of Conscience in Health CareAn Institutional Compromise$
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Holly Fernandez Lynch

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262123051

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262123051.001.0001

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A Primer on Conscience Clauses

A Primer on Conscience Clauses

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(p.19) 1 A Primer on Conscience Clauses
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Conflicts of Conscience in Health Care
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Holly Fernandez Lynch

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262123051.003.0013

This chapter, which discusses conscience clause legislation, demonstrates the integral impact of Roe v. Wade on the addition of conscience clauses to the legal landscape. It illustrates that without conscience clauses, licensing boards could take an even more direct route to limiting physician conscience. The chapter also demonstrates that despite the arguments of conscience clause opponents who allege that refusers are violating patient rights of access, no such legal right exists. It is clear that the legal rights starting point does not provide solid, consistent, reliable protection of either party in the conscience clause debate.

Keywords:   conscience clause legislation, Roe v. Wade, licensing boards, physician conscience, rights of access, legal rights

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