Doctors have a right to conscientious objection, aka the right to refuse a service that they feel violates their ethics or morals. Likewise, they shouldn’t be forced to perform such procedures regardless of the doctors’ morals.
Yet Queen’s University bioethicist Udo Scuklenk and Oxford bioethicist Julian Savulescu argue completely against that and even say that anyone who refuses to perform such procedures based on their ethical or moral standards shouldn’t even be allowed to enter medical school. They say that there are plenty of people who want to be doctors or study in medical school and that “we should select those who are willing to provide the full scope of professional services.” They also said, “Medical schools and training programs should carefully outline the nature of the job and screen for conscientious objection where it is relevant to job performance.” They sneer at the idea of physician integrity,and they claim that patient interest should always come before a person’s integrity.
I agree and I disagree with their argument. Can they really be upset at a doctor for being “too ethical?” Yet I agree that a person’s interest should come before a doctors integrity and morals.
If a doctor feels uncomfortable performing such procedures then he or she should direct such patient to a doctor that is able to perform it. There’s no reason for any doctor to be forced to perform it.
I see their reasoning behind it though. The abortionist lobby complains that fewer and fewer medical students are learning how to perform abortions and ones who do go down that path are supposedly shunned. Abortionists complain they get no respect and are looked down upon.
It’s easy for me to say whether the doctor’s morals come first or the patients morals come first (hint it’s the patient’s). I say the patients have the final say so on if they want to go for an abortion or assisted suicide. They have the final say on if they want to go through chemotherapy or not, and a doctor can’t say no to that–or hasn’t ever in the past. So the same should go for assisted suicide or abortion.
Someone shouldn’t probably go to medical school if they have such strong morals against certain procedures fully knowing the job descriptions may require them to perform them.
Yet a doctor shouldn’t be forced to perform anything they don’t want to, that’s the perk of spending thousands on medical school. Same school of thought, a patient can’t be forced to go under the knife so a doctor shouldn’t be forced to hold one.