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Conscientious Commitment to Women's Health


Bernard Dickens


University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Rebecca J. Cook


University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

May 1, 2011

International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Vol. 113, No. 2, pp. 163-166, 2011

Abstract:     
Conscientious commitment, the reverse of conscientious objection, inspires healthcare providers to overcome barriers to delivery of reproductive services to protect and advance women’s health. History shows social reformers suffering religious condemnation and imprisonment to promote means of birth control, until access became popularly accepted. Voluntary sterilization generally followed this pattern to acceptance, but overcoming resistance to voluntary abortion calls for courage and remains challenging. The challenge is aggravated by religious doctrines that view treatment of ectopic pregnancy, spontaneous miscarriage and emergency contraception not by reference to women’s healthcare needs, but through the lens of abortion. However, modern legal systems increasingly reject this myopic approach. Providers’ conscientious commitment is to deliver treatments directed to women’s healthcare needs, giving priority to patient care over adherence to conservative religious doctrines or religious self-interest. The development of in vitro fertilization to address childlessness further illustrates the inspiration of conscientious commitment over conservative objections.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 4

Keywords: Abortion, Contraception, Ectopic pregnancy, Emergency contraception, In vitro fertilization, Spontaneous miscarriage, Sterilization

JEL Classification: I18, K14, K10

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Date posted: May 7, 2011  

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Dickens, Bernard and Cook, Rebecca J., Conscientious Commitment to Women's Health (May 1, 2011). International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Vol. 113, No. 2, pp. 163-166, 2011. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1832549

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Bernard Dickens (Contact Author)
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )
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Rebecca J. Cook
University of Toronto - Faculty of Law ( email )
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Canada
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