Murphy, Sean
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Sean Murphy is the administrator of the Canada-based Protection of Conscience Project



A bureaucracy of medical deception

In the first week of September, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) was reported to be "seeking 'clarity'" about whether or not physicians who perform euthanasia should misrepresent the medical cause of death, classifying death by lethal injection or infusion as death by natural causes. The question arose because the Quebec College of Physicians was said to be "considering recommending" that Quebec physicians who provide euthanasia should declare the immediate cause of death to be an underlying medical condition, not the administration of the drugs that actually kill the patient.

Date posted: 2015-12-04

Canada's medical totalitarians

An Ontario College of Physicians official, Dr Marc Gabel, says that physicians unwilling to provide or facilitate abortion for reasons of conscience should not be family physicians. If policy passes, ethical cleansing of Ontario's medical profession will begin this year, ridding it of practitioners unwilling to do what they believe to be wrong.

Date posted: 2015-02-01

How can you tell when moralizing is wrong?

Brittany Maynard's death exposed a flaw in the arguments of moral relativism.

Date posted: 2015-02-01

Entrenching a 'duty to do wrong' in medicine

That the state can legitimately compel people to do what they believe to be wrong and punish them if they refuse is a dangerous idea that turns foundational ethical principles upside down. The inversion is troubling, since "a duty to do what is wrong" is being advanced by those who support the "war on terror." They argue that there is, indeed, a duty to do what is wrong, and that this includes a duty to kill non-combatants and to torture terrorist suspects.

Date posted: 2014-04-05

Does having a conscience make a doctor unprofessional?

An Ottawa woman created a social media storm after her doctor refused to prescribe contraceptives for her.

Date posted: 2014-03-22

Quebec's coup d'etat against religious freedom

The government will eventually use its Charter of Values to suppress freedom of conscience and religion among health care workers.

Date posted: 2013-10-14

Does conscience have a role in executions?

Is "unregulated conscientious objection" a sword wielded by the pious against the vulnerable?

Date posted: 2013-09-19