Journal article

Understanding the Reasons Behind Healthcare Providers' Conscientious Objection to Voluntary Assisted Dying in Victoria, Australia

Casey M Haining, Louise A Keogh, Lynn H Gillam

JOURNAL OF BIOETHICAL INQUIRY | SPRINGER | Published : 2021

Abstract

During the debates about the legalization of Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) in Victoria, Australia, the presence of anti-VAD health professionals in the medical community and reported high rates of conscientious objection (CO) to VAD suggested access may be limited. Most empirical research on CO has been conducted in the sexual and reproductive health context. However, given the fundamental differences in the nature of such procedures and the legislation governing it, these findings may not be directly transferable to VAD. Accordingly, we sought to understand how CO operates in the context of VAD. Prior to the implementation of the VAD legislation in June 2019, we conducted semi-structured i..

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