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Response to: ‘Why medical professionals have no moral claim to conscientious objection accommodation in liberal democracies’ by Schuklenk and Smalling
  1. Shimon M Glick1,
  2. Alan Jotkowitz2
  1. 1Jakobovits Center for Jewish Medical Ethics, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel
  2. 2BGU, Beersheva, Israel
  1. Correspondence to Professor Shimon M Glick, Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Jakobovits Center for Jewish Medical Ethics, 15 moriah st (apt 4), Beer Sheva 84306, Israel; gshimon{at}


The recent essay by Schuklenk and Smalling opposing respect for physicians’ conscientious objections to providing patients with medical services that are legally permitted in liberal democracies is based on several erroneous assumptions. Acting in this manner would have serious harmful effects on the ethos of medicine and of bioethics. A much more nuanced and balanced position is critical in order to respect physicians’ conscience with minimal damage to patients’ rights.

  • Autonomy
  • Conscientious Objection
  • Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Patient perspective

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