Physicians and healthcare institutions committed to theistic belief systems therefore face an important challenge: is it reasonable to base conscientious objection to physician-assisted death upon belief in God? This question has become critical in light of recent proposals to curtail physician autonomy and conscience rights in Ontario by requiring physicians to make referrals for procedures in violation of their ethical commitments. We argue that it is eminently reasonable to base such objections on belief in God, because theism is a rationally defensible belief system that provides coherent grounds for upholding the ethical values central to this debate, namely human autonomy, well-being and the incalculable worth of human life. (Read the full article at: http://cmajblogs.com/euthanizing-god-theism-and-conscientious-objection-to-physician-assisted-death/#more-1459)
Friday, 6 February 2015
"Euthanizing God? Theism and conscientious objection to physician-assisted death"
From CMAJBlogs.com written by Ewan C Goligher and Stephen W Hwang,