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A Freedom Physicians Shouldn't Have
The Chicago Tribune (1987)
  • John C. Roberts, DePaul University
  • Donald H.J. Hermann, DePaul University
It does so by hiding behind the attractive label of "freedom of conscience" for the physician, even though the law--and accepted notions of medical ethics--already protect a physician from actually having to perform a medical procedure if he or she has moral objections to it. Even if a physician did refuse to perform such a procedure, current accepted medical practice would require that the patient be informed about the risk involved and the availability of treatment alternatives. House Bill 1415 changes this practice in Illinois.
Publication Date
August 9, 1987
Citation Information
John C. Roberts; Donald H.J. Hermann, A Freedom Physicians Shouldn't Have, Chi. Tribune, Aug. 9, 1987