FIGO – Ethical Issues in Obstetrics and Gynecology

by FIGO Committee for the Study of Ethical Aspects of Human Reproduction and Women’s Health

International Federation of Obstetricians & Gynecologists, October 2015

In this 574-page document, conscientious objection comes up a number of times and one section at p.172 is devoted to it. The overarching message is that “the primary conscientious duty of obstetrician-gynaecologists is at all times to treat, or provide benefit and prevent harm to, the patients for whose care they are responsible. Any conscientious objection to treating a patient is secondary to this primary duty of care.” (p.41)