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Conscientious objection in medicine: Author did not meet standards of argument based ethics

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:425
  1. Frank A Chervenak, chairman of obstetrics and gynaecology,
  2. Laurence B McCullough, professor of medicine and medical ethics (
  1. Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY 10021, USA
  2. Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Baylor College of Medicine, One Baylor Plaza, Houston, TX 77030, USA

    EDITOR—Savulescu's account of conscientious objection in medicine is a bold statement that requires all obstetricians to perform abortions, regardless of any moral convictions that they may have to the contrary.1 Unfortunately, he violates the standards of argument based ethics.2 3

    He claims that professional commitments, what should be provided to patients, are based on law and the just management of …

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