Sandeep Jauhar | “Can Doctors Refuse to Treat a Patient?” – The New York Times
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“Can Doctors Refuse to Treat a Patient?” – The New York Times

“Can Doctors Refuse to Treat a Patient?” – The New York Times

“President Trump recently announced a new rule, issued by the Department of Health and Human Services, that allows doctors, hospitals, insurers and other providers of health care to refuse to deliver or fund services like abortion, assisted suicide or procedures for transgender patients that they say violate their religious views.

The action has been criticized by Democrats and civil liberties groups, with some arguing that it serves as a pretext for discrimination against marginalized groups and threatens to substitute religious views for sound medical advice. But it also invites a larger question: What should doctors do when a patient’s request runs counter to their moral convictions? In medicine we often talk about a patient’s right to refuse treatment. But what about a doctor’s right to deny it?”