SOPhiA 2019

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Programm - Vortrag

Professionalismus -- die beste Verteidigung gegen Gewissensvorbehalte in der Medizin
(Ethics, Englisch)

Conscientious objection" is a term used in the military context and describes the refusal to take part in combat. This objection to fight and kill is motivated and based on the conscience of the objector. This term was introduced into the field of medicine with the permission procure abortion. Medical practioners, who refused to participate in abortion, were given a legal tool to refuse these interventions with "Planned Parenthood v. Casey" in the form of conscience clauses. Since then until today a political and legal struggle rages about where to draw the line between legal conscientious objections and illegal obstructions of legal and necessary healthcare. This dispute exists not exclusively in the USA, but also in Europe.

This talk serves as an introduction into the debate of conscientious objection on medicine, presents the reason why it is imperative to change the status quo and gives an analysis of the two most commonly used approaches. I will call into question the absolute right to freedom of conscience with regard to professional duties and dismantle the arguments for an unrestrained conscience and the right to conscientious objection. I will defend professionalism as the most practical and already tested solution despite the harsh criticism it gets from the supporters of freedeom of conscience.

Chair: Jana Holíková
Zeit: 11:20-11:50, 20. September 2019 (Freitag)
Ort: SR 1.004

Jan Philip Vogelsang
(Heinrich-Heine Universität Düsseldorf, Deutschland)

Jan Philip Vogelsang is a bachelor's student at the Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany. He wrote his bachelor thesis "Conscientious Objections in Medicine" in 2018. His focus was the clash between professional duties in medical practice and the individual conscience of professionals. His main interests lie in Biomedical Ethics, Ethics of Science, as well as the analysis of Pseudoscience.

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