With the effective destruction of the Hippocratic Oath, physicians who wish to follow the maxims of the Oath not to participate in abortion or assisted suicide risk being kicked out of the lifeboat by the World Medical Association.
More specifically, the AMM has a draft proposal aimed at modifying the ethical rules of the organization in order to require that physicians with a conscientious objection to an intervention refer patients to other physicians without moral reticence. More precisely, the ethics review project reads (with the proposed change in bold):
Physicians have an ethical obligation to minimize disruption in patient care. Conscientious objection should only be considered if the individual patient is not discriminated against or disadvantaged, if the patient’s health is not endangered and if continuity of care is ensured without delay. thanks to an efficient and rapid referral to another qualified doctor.
If passed, it would mean that physicians would have an ethical duty to be complicit in actions they oppose for religious or moral reasons, including abortion, euthanasia (where legal) – c ‘i.e. homicide, assisted suicide (when legal), blocking puberty in children diagnosed with gender dysphoria, transitional surgeries, infant circumcision, etc. – cases of suicide are complicit in the death of innocent people.
(Please Note: Medical Conscience does not include a physician refusing to forward a patient’s medical records to another physician at the patient’s request. Medical records belong to the patient.)
The proposed change would not only be authoritative, but would conflict with two other ethical rules of the WMA (emphasis added):
The physicist must practice with awareness, honesty and integrity, while always exercising independent professional judgment and maintaining the highest standards of professional conduct.
A doctor should always provide medical treatment with the the greatest respect for human dignity and life.
It would also lead doctors with traditional Hippocratic values to abandon medicine and prevent talented young people – who would make wonderful doctors – from attending medical school for fear of being forced to violate their conscience like the price of a license. But then, that can be a big part of the point.