International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Vol. 113, No. 2, pp. 163-166, 2011
4 Pages Posted: 7 May 2011
Date Written: May 1, 2011
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.
Keywords: Abortion, Contraception, Ectopic pregnancy, Emergency contraception, In vitro fertilization, Spontaneous miscarriage, Sterilization
JEL Classification: I18, K14, K10
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1832549