AMA Journal of Ethics®

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. March 2013, Volume 15, Number 3: 183-280.

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March 2013 Contents

Conscience Rights and Responsibilities

Ethics Poll

A physician who conscientiously objects to performing a legal service has a duty to ensure the patient’s access to that service by referral or some other means. Which of the following best describes your response to that statement?
Agree.
Disagree. Referral makes the physician complicit in an action that he or she believes is wrong.
Disagree. Nonreferral is OK as long as the physician makes public that he or she will neither perform the service nor refer patients to another clinician who will.

A physician who is unwilling to perform, under the appropriate clinical circumstances, any legal service for which he or she is board certified should not be practicing in that specialty.
Agree.
Disagree.
Don’t know.

Performing a prohibited service, e.g., informing patients about certain family planning options such as abortion in hospitals or organizations where doing so is prohibited, is a worse offense than refusing to perform a legal service.
Agree.
Disagree.
Don’t know.

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From the Editor

An Examination of Conscience
Mark J. Kissler
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:185-187.

Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Positive Claims of Conscience and Objections to Immigration Law
Commentary by Mark R. Wicclair
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:188-192.

Invoking Shared Beliefs in End-of-Life Decision Making
Commentary by William J. Hogan and Juan R. Velez
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:193-197.

Medical School Accommodations for Religious and Cultural Practices
Commentary by Lori Arviso Alvord
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:198-201.

Medical Education

Conscience as Clinical Judgment: Medical Education and the Virtue of Prudence
Warren Kinghorn
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:202-205.

The Code Says

The American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics’ Opinions on Physician Participation in Abortion, Assisted Reproduction, and Physician-Assisted Suicide
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:206-207.

Journal Discussion

Conscience, Values, and Justice in Savulescu
Alvan A. Ikoku
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:208-212.

State of the Art and Science

NaProTECHNOLOGY and Conscientious OB/GYN Medicine
Brooke E. Jemelka, David W. Parker, and Renee Mirkes
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:213-219.

Law, Policy, and Society

Health Law

Religious Employers and Exceptions to Mandated Coverage of Contraceptives
Lauren Sydney Flicker
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:220-225.

Policy Forum

Institutional Conscience and Access to Services: Can We Have Both?
Cameron Flynn and Robin Fretwell Wilson
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:226-235.

Protecting Positive Claims of Conscience for Employees of Religious Institutions Threatens Religious Liberty
Christopher O. Tollefsen
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:236-239.

Should Physicians Participate in State-Ordered Executions?
James K. Boehnlein
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:240-243.

Medicine and Society

Autonomy, Conscience, and Professional Obligation
Robert D. Orr
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:244-248.

History, Art, and Narrative

Images of Healing and Learning

Refusal in “Bartleby, the Scrivener”: Narrative Ethics and Conscientious Objection
Alvan A. Ikoku
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:249-256.

Op-Ed and Correspondence

Op-Ed

The Limits of Conscientious Refusal: A Duty to Ensure Access
Margaret Little and Anne Drapkin Lyerly
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:257-262.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:263-277.

About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2013; 15:278-280.