Reasonability and Conscientious Objection in Medicine: A Reply to Marsh and an Elaboration of the Reason‐Giving Requirement
Robert F. Card
State University of New York - Department of Philosophy
Bioethics, Vol. 28, Issue 6, pp. 320-326, 2014
In this paper I defend the Reasonability View: the position that medical professionals seeking a conscientious exemption must state reasons in support of their objection and allow those reasons to be subject to evaluation. Recently, this view has been criticized by Jason Marsh as proposing a standard that is either too difficult to meet or too easy to satisfy. First, I defend the Reasonability View from this proposed dilemma. Then, I develop this view by presenting and explaining some of the central criteria it uses to assess whether a conscientious objection is proper grounds for extending an exemption to a medical practitioner.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 7
Keywords: medical professionalism, conscience, philosophy of medicine
Date posted: June 4, 2014