Positive or Negative? Consistency and Inconsistency in Claims of Conscience

 

Dominic J.C. Wilkinson

 

ABSTRACT

      The debate about positive and negative claims of conscience is, in large part, about ethical consistency. In this commentary I argue that there can be differences between conscientious provision of treatment and conscientious nonprovision of treatment that are ethically relevant. However, in many cases, including those described in this commentary, there is not sufficient ethical reason to treat them differently. This means that asymmetrical conscientious objection policies are potentially unjustified.

 

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