THE CONSCIENTIOUS WAR ON WOMEN: COMPLICITY-BASED CONSCIENCE CLAIMS AND CONSCIENTIOUS OBJECTION IN REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH CARE
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AbstractCiting their own personal moral beliefs, some health care providers refuse to provide certain reproductive services, like prescribing contraception or performing abortions. This refusal has contributed to a reproductive health care crisis in the United States that disproportionately affects rural and low-income women. This thesis evaluates whether conscientious objection and complicity-based conscience claims in reproductive health care should be protected under First Amendment freedom of religious expression. In the paper, I differentiate between conscientious objection and complicity-based conscience claims in the context of reproductive health care. I evaluate the current state of reproductive care in the U.S., along with U.S. Federal law and case law, to argue that complicity-based conscience claims in reproductive health care should not be protected, however conscientious objections may be.
Degree ProgramHonors College
Philosophy, Politics, Economics & Law