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Revista médica de Chile

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SALAS, Sofía P et al. Position paper from the Department of Ethics of the Chilean College of Physicians about conscientious objection. Rev. méd. Chile [online]. 2016, vol.144, n.3, pp.382-387. ISSN 0034-9887.  http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0034-98872016000300015.

The Chilean bill that regulates abortion for three cases (Bulletin Nº 9895-11) includes the possibility that health professionals may manifest their conscientious objection (CO) to perform this procedure. Due to the broad impact that the issue of C O had, the Ethics Department of the Chilean College of Physicians considered important to review this concept and its ethical and legal basis, especially in the field of sexual and reproductive health. In the present document, we define the practical limit s of CO, both for the proper fulfillment of the medical profession obligations, and for the due respect and non-discrimination that the professional objector deserves. We analyze the denial of some health institutions to perform abortions if it is legalize d, and we end with recommendations adjusted to the Chilean reality. Specifically, we recognize the right to conscientious objection that all physicians who directly participate in a professional act have. But we a lso recognize that physicians have ineludib le obligations towards their patients, including the obligation to inform about the existence of this service, how to access to it and -as set out in our code of ethics- to ensure that another colleague will continue attending the patient.

Keywords : Abortion, induced; Ethics; Professionalism.

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