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The Physician as Conscientious Objector

36 Pages Posted: 12 Jan 2003  

David Bleich

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law


On occasion a conflict arises between a physician's perceived moral obligation not to withhold treatment and a patient's right to refuse treatment. Arguments are cited in support of the position that, with prior notice, the physician's right should prevail. It is further argued that legislative action to remove lingering legal doubt would be appropriate.

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Bleich, David, The Physician as Conscientious Objector. Fordham Urban Law Journal, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: or

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